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CEI Lauds, Will Keyvote Members on NLRB Reform Measure 

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 12, 2013 - Today the House of Representatives is expected to vote on legislation that would require the National Labor Relations Board to cease all activity that requires a three-member quorum and to prohibit NLRB from “enforcing any action taken after January 2012 that required a quorum.”

The Competitive Enterprise Institute commends supporters of the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act (H.R. 1120) – sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions – and plans to update its Congressional Labor Scorecard to reflect how members of Congress vote on H.R 1120.

CEI Labor Project Director Matt Patterson said, "The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has unanimously held President Obama’s three so-called ‘recess appointments’ to the NLRB were unconstitutional.  The legitimacy of every ruling the NLRB has made since January of last year is therefore in question, throwing even more uncertainty on a business community already plagued by high tax and regulatory burdens. H.R 1120 is not only a good idea but absolutely necessary to help bring stability and to preserve the integrity of the U.S. Constitution.”

Labor Policy Analyst Trey Kovacs added: "Rep. Phil Roe’s bill The Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act is a commonsense measure that will help rein in overreaching bureaucrats and bring certainty back to workplace law.”

The Congressional Labor Scorecard is an ongoing project of, CEI's labor policy website. You can read more about H.R. 1120 here:

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AFP - Freeze NLRB

In yet another attempt to “work around Congress,” last year President Obama unconstitutionally appointed three people to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the agency that imposes rules regarding union-organizing elections that give Big Labor a big advantage. This past January, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the President’s appointments, finding them to be unconstitutional—the President made these recess appointments when the Senate was not actually in recess.

Take action today: Tell Congress to freeze all NLRB activities while these unconstitutional appointees are still on the board.

Thankfully, there’s a bill in Congress that would stop the NLRB from implementing the rules that it has adopted since January 4, 2012, when President Obama stacked it with illegitimate, unconstitutionally appointed members. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), would freeze all of the NLRB’s activities that require a full quorum. The House of Representatives is going to vote on the bill next week—and they need to hear from you.

This is not only about stopping the partisan, pro-union stranglehold on the NLRB. It’s also about keeping the American system of check and balances in place. Congress needs to stand up to the president when he oversteps his constitutional authority. No more working around Congress and the Constitution to further his Big Labor agenda.


Nicole Kaeding

State Policy Manager

Americans for Prosperity

Take action today: Tell Congress to freeze all NLRB activities while these unconstitutional appointees are still on the board.


CEI Today: Human Achievement Hour, Obama Labor nominee, and the GPS Act 


Baltimore Sun:
Beyond Tom Perez: Why do we need a Labor Department?

Yes, it's true, the United States was able to withstand two months without a labor secretary. The previous secretary, Hilda Solis, stepped down on Jan. 22. That thud you heard was no one noticing. No one noticed because, like most of the federal government, the Department of Labor has become an enormous bureaucracy machine with a life of its own that functions in spite of — and in the absence of — any individual secretary.

Nevertheless, President Barack Obama has anointed her successor, one Thomas Perez, formerly head of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and presently chief of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. > Read more

> Interview Matt Patterson


GPS ACT - RYAN RADIA Free Market Group Applauds Bipartisan GPS Act


Today, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (GPS) Act, which would limit the government’s ability to warrantlessly access location data derived from individuals’ smartphones and other mobile devices.

CEI praised the GPS Act and urged Congress to enact this important legislation as a bipartisan solution to mobile privacy concerns.

“The Fourth Amendment protects our reasonable privacy expectations in our papers and effects, yet today, government authorities routinely compel service providers to disclose individuals’ geolocation information without probable cause or meaningful judicial oversight," said Ryan Radia, CEI Associate Director of Technology Studies.  >Read more

> Interview Ryan Radia







On Saturday, March 23 at 8:30pm (local time), some people, businesses and governments around the world will choose to sit in the dark for one hour as a symbolic gesture to take action against climate change. Celebrate  Human Achievement Hour, instead - lights ON!

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Earth Hour Harms the Earth


CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website,, and blogs, and  Follow CEI on Twitter!


ALG's Daily Grind - NLRB Policies Help Unions, Not Workers 

March 12, 2013

NLRB Policies Help Unions, Not Workers

Consider the agency's ruling against Kent Hospital — in which the board held employees were no longer permitted to opt out of paying the percentage of union dues spent on political activity.

Cartoon: Size Matters

Obama's fiscal leadership may be lacking.

Bloomberg's War on Soda suffers a defeat

Judge Milton Tingling, unlike Mayor Bloomberg, realizes that the Mayor is not a god. And for that, New Yorkers should be grateful.

Global Dispatch: SEIU organizes Hugo Chavez 'celebration and procession' to honor 'Our Comrade'

Nothing shows who and what SEIU is better than this — praising and celebrating the life of a brutal dictator who has destroyed his country, allowed murderous thugs to roam the streets while stealing everything not nailed down. 


ALG's Daily Grind - Congratulations, you have survived the sequester! 

March 1, 2013

Congratulations, you have survived the sequester!

The world didn't end. Food is still safe to eat. Planes are landing safely on runways. Invading armies are not storming our shores. And life is continuing on normally just as it was yesterday.

NLRB Pays Two Employees $100K Each to Work for the Union

These are employees whose official job is to handle internal NLRB union activities exclusively, rather than carrying out any of the NLRB's official responsibilities.

 Mars to Earth: Cut Your Spending

Rep. Vern Buchanan: "The government spent $325,000 last year constructing a robot squirrel to replicate the interaction between rattle snakes and the small-sized rodent.  Meanwhile, NASA spent $1 million taste-testing fine cuisine to be served on the planet Mars.  And last, but certainly not least, the Department of Homeland Security spent taxpayer dollars preparing for the zombie apocalypse."

…and the seas boiled, and the skies fell

With spending now cut, Obama's sixth seal has been opened.