WFI - Taxpayer-Funded Government Agency Does Big Labor’s Bid ding Promoting Unionization

Washington, D.C. (February 14, 2012)  – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today released the following statement in response to news reports that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will undertake an effort to promote unionization in private sector businesses:
“Instead of working to ‘avoid redundant, conflicting, or overly burdensome requirements’ as prescribed just a few days ago by the administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, President Obama’s labor board is desperately seeking to promote Big Labor’s interests in private sector workplaces,” said Fred Wszolek, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI).  “With our nation’s debt growing, this most recent overreach by the National Labor Relations Board should send a signal to lawmakers that the so-called ‘independent’ agency’s budget merits serious scrutiny.  An effort that uses taxpayer dollars to promote the interests of union bosses who have stated they intend to spend nearly half a billion dollars this November illustrates perfectly just how misguided and irresponsible the unelected bureaucrats at the NLRB have become.  While couching their latest giveaway as a means to protect workers, the reality is that it protects the interests of President Obama’s political benefactors and has been timed to launch just as an another gross overreach by the agency requiring businesses to post pro-labor propaganda takes effect.”
“Worker Rights Get Promotional Drive”:
“Federal regulators are preparing a drive to tell workers at nonunionized businesses they have many of the same rights as union members, a move that could prompt more workers to complain to employers about grievances ranging from pay and work hours to job safety and management misconduct.  The National Labor Relations Board will focus on workers’ rights to engage in ‘protected concerted activity,’ which allow two or more employees to take action for their mutual aid or protection, NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce said in an interview … In the next two weeks, the NLRB is set to roll out a Web page explaining ‘concerted activity’ and highlighting cases involving unlawful punishment for it.  It also plans pamphlets in English and Spanish that will be distributed through worker-advocacy groups and sister federal agencies, such as the Labor Department. NLRB officials will address the issue in speeches and appearances on radio and television … The timing of the new Web page is convenient for the NLRB: Its Web traffic could get a boost April 30, when a rule it finalized last year takes effect.  The rule requires millions of private-sector employers to hang posters at their worksites about employee rights.  The posters list the agency’s Web address and toll-free number, and advises workers to ‘promptly’ contact the NLRB with suspected violations.” (Melanie Trottman, “Worker Rights Get Promotional Drive,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/22/12)
White House Office Of Information & Regulatory Affairs Telling Agencies To Avoid Redundant, Conflicting Or Overly Burdensome Requirements:
“EXCLUSIVE: Amid criticism from the right that the administration still has too heavy a hand, the White House opens a new phase in its continuing campaign to cut back on unnecessary regulations:
“A senior Office of Management and Budget official: ‘Last January, the President ordered an unprecedented government-review of existing rules. … [O]ver two dozen agencies have released ambitious reform plans, outlining hundreds of cost-saving reforms.  A small fraction of those reforms, already finalized or formally proposed to the public, will save more than $10 billion over the next five years.  Today, … OIRA [White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs] is issuing guidance telling agencies that they need to work on the front end, with the public and stakeholders, to avoid redundant, conflicting, or overly burdensome requirements.  A rule that in isolation may seem perfectly sensible may overlap with existing requirements in problematic ways, especially for small businesses and startups.  Going forward, agencies will have to keep the big picture of cumulative effects in mind when writing rules.’
“From the 2-page guidance, ‘Cumulative Effects of Regulations’: ‘[T]he cumulative effects on small businesses and start-ups deserve particular attention.’”
Big Labor To Spend $400 Million Dollars For Obama During 2012 Presidential Election:
“Unions are gearing up to spend more than $400 million to help re-elect President Barack Obama and lift Democrats this election year in a fight for labor’s survival.” (Sam Hananel, “Unions Gearing Up To Spend Big In 2012 Election,” The Associated Press, 2/22/12)

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