Congress taking another run at the NLRB
posted at 5:20 pm on July 21, 2011 by Jazz Shaw
Lest you think we’ve forgotten about the anti-industry maneuvers of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the midst of all this debt crisis talk, we haven’t. (Yeah, we’re talking to you, Craig Becker.) In another attempt to exert a bit of legislative oversight on executive branch rules which carry the force of law, Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) has introduced legislation known as, “the Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act.”
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina U.S. Rep. Tim Scott has introduced legislation in Congress to prevent the National Labor Relations Board from closing down plants or ordering companies to transfer employment.
Scott’s measure comes in light of the NLRB suit against Boeing, which last month opened its $750 million assembly plant in North Charleston.
The NLRB complaint alleges the new plant was built in South Carolina so Boeing could avoid unionized labor in the Pacific Northwest.
The bill is being taken up by the House Education and Workforce Committee today in preparation for introduction to the floor for a vote. I’m not sure how many bites at the apple Congress is going to get on this issue, but I have to at least give them credit for tenacity.
There was a time when the NLRB did, on occasion, provide a valuable function by ensuring an equal playing field between workers and management. Sadly, those days seem to have entirely passed. The board now serves as a powerful, government funded strong arm supporting the interests of the unions, not the workers. (And before you protest that comment, no… the two are not the same any more.)
If Congress can’t manage to find a path to put some checks and balances on the NLRB which will withstand scrutiny in the courts, the types of situations we’re seeing with Boeing will continue to become slow rolling disasters which hinder or stop job growth. Not exactly the kind of policy we need right now.
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