American Elephants

More Gangster Government. by The Elephant's Child
May 16, 2011, 7:43 pm
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The Obama Administration likes Unions, for the simple reason that *Unions collect dues from their members and give them to the Democrat candidates and Democrat causes. The Administration will reward the Unions for their campaign support with favorable laws and regulations that will make Unions stronger.* Repeat section between asterisks.

Hans von Spakovsky and James Sherk write in National Review today that under National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rules, companies can make major business decisions (like relocating a plant) without negotiating with their union — as long as those changes are not primarily made to reduce labor costs.  Companies have only to negotiate working conditions, not their business plans. A company can unilaterally merge several smaller operations into one larger facility to achieve administrative efficiencies.  But the NLRB wants to change that.

An internal NLRB memorandum, dated May 10, shows that the board wants to give unions much greater power over employers and their investment and management decisions.

The board’s associate general counsel Richard Siegel, asks the NLRB’s regional directors to flag such business-relocation cases.  The chairman of the NLRB, one Wilma Liebman, has expressed her desire to revisit existing law in this area by modifying the rule established by the Supreme court in a case called Dubuque Packing.

The NLRB wants to force companies to provide detailed economic justifications (including underlying cost/benefit  considerations) for relocation decisions  to allow unions to bargain over them — or lose their right to make those decisions without bargaining over them.

Business would be required to negotiate their investment plans with union bosses.  This would raise business costs enormously, and until bargaining reached an impasse, employers could not make any changes opposed by their unions.

The object is to prevent companies from investing in right-to-work states, and force employers to make unions “an equal partner in the running of the business enterprise, “something specifically not required by the NLRA.

But of course this is just what the Administration did when they took over GM and Chrysler,  ignoring years of business law, to shaft their bond holders,  in order to give big chunks of the business to the Unions.

And this is what the NLRB is doing  now, in complete defiance of the law in trying to force Boeing to close their plant in South Carolina and take the work back to Washington State.  It is beyond belief that the federal government would attempt to tell a private business where it can build a factory. The NLRB case is, at best, a tissue of lies, but clearly demonstrates the political games being played.

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