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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Not good enough. Remove their funding, then dissolve it entirely in 2013.

Vashta.Nerada on July 21, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Abolish NLRB

txmomof6 on July 21, 2011 at 5:25 PM

“Not exactly the kind of policy we need right now.”

I’d like to know the rosy scenario when it would be appropriate.

DanMan on July 21, 2011 at 5:26 PM

The bill is being taken up by the House Education and Workforce Committee today in preparation for introduction to the floor for a vote.

Anyone have a link to the committee members?

Les in NC on July 21, 2011 at 5:27 PM

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.

AMEN!!!

capejasmine on July 21, 2011 at 5:29 PM

“If Congress can’t manage to find a path to put some checks and balances on the NLRB…”

Defund the son of a bit%h…!

Seven Percent Solution on July 21, 2011 at 5:29 PM

DEFUND. It’s the only way to de-claw.

Tim Zank on July 21, 2011 at 5:30 PM

to prevent the National Labor Relations Board from closing down plants or ordering companies to transfer employment

You mean this isn’t against the law already? The government has this discretionary power? What left wing gulag infested dictatorship am I living in? I’m smart enough to know that if you give someone power instead of responsibility they’re going to abuse it.

Tommy_G on July 21, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Not exactly the kind of policy we need right now.

I’d like to know the rosy scenario when it would be appropriate.

DanMan on July 21, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Nice to see a threadwinner show up so early. :-)

Dion on July 21, 2011 at 5:34 PM

There might be something redeemable in the Wagner Act, but we would better off repealing it.

Count to 10 on July 21, 2011 at 5:34 PM

DEFUND, and while your at it, don’t forget the EPA

Elbar on July 21, 2011 at 5:35 PM

DEFUND, and while your at it, don’t forget the EPA

Elbar on July 21, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Also, anyone with the title of “Czar” and their staff need to go (most likely to prison).

Tommy_G on July 21, 2011 at 5:45 PM

You mean this isn’t against the law already? The government has this discretionary power? What left wing gulag infested dictatorship am I living in? I’m smart enough to know that if you give someone power instead of responsibility they’re going to abuse it.

Tommy_G on July 21, 2011 at 5:34 PM

It’s the Obama Way, donchaknow?

BTW, has the NLRB ever done this under a Republican presidency? Just wondering.

GrannyDee on July 21, 2011 at 5:46 PM

…but I have to at least give them credit for tenacity.

Yeah, sure, whatever. Nothing will change until President Palin deals with it.

rrpjr on July 21, 2011 at 5:46 PM

There might be something redeemable in the Wagner Act, but we would better off repealing it.

Count to 10 on July 21, 2011 at 5:34 PM

No there isn’t. The Wagner Act basically authorizes the Federal Government to interfere with and regulate manufacturing. It brought about the rise of the thug unions – not unions who were just working toward safe workplaces & such but unions that demanded profits be redistributed among the workers. I don’t know the exact quote but Ford said if the Wagner Act had been in place when he started his business Ford would have been “a little shop that remained little” because he could not have reinvested the profits into growth. It was upheld by a supreme court under the threat of forced retirement and/or dilution by FDR.

FDR is Obama’s model to try to intimidate the Court.

batterup on July 21, 2011 at 5:51 PM

This is foolish. If unions don’t have the power of the federal and state government working on their behalf, how in the hell is all the graft supposed to occur?

Trumka would have to get a real job? You effin racists.

Bishop on July 21, 2011 at 5:55 PM

When the Communist Party openly endorses Obama and democrats then it becomes clear the NLRB is carrying out the mandate for the “party”.

GOOGLE: Does the Communist Party endore Obama and democrats.
Scroll down and check the support for the One.

volsense on July 21, 2011 at 5:55 PM

The NLRB complaint alleges the new plant was built in South Carolina so Boeing could avoid unionized labor in the Pacific Northwest

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Last time I checked this was a free country, and Boeing can build their plants anywhere they want to.
Of course with Obama and his band of Marxists in power, seems like that could be rapidly changing.

Susanboo on July 21, 2011 at 6:00 PM

It seems to me that Uncle Sam has been overreaching in evermore obvious ways of late, and not bothering to justify it. Add this to everything else Cloward-Piven-ish that has been coming down the pike and you’ve got yourself a humdinger of a scenario.

Remember the last time States’ Rights was a big issue?

Hmmm.

hillbillyjim on July 21, 2011 at 6:05 PM

I apologize ahead of time for going OT, but you’ve got to see these pics of Hillary in Bali, Indonesia. The top row pics of her in a some kind of purple get-up is shocking. {{{shudders}}}

GrannyDee on July 21, 2011 at 6:08 PM

No there isn’t. The Wagner Act basically authorizes the Federal Government to interfere with and regulate manufacturing. It brought about the rise of the thug unions – not unions who were just working toward safe workplaces & such but unions that demanded profits be redistributed among the workers. I don’t know the exact quote but Ford said if the Wagner Act had been in place when he started his business Ford would have been “a little shop that remained little” because he could not have reinvested the profits into growth. It was upheld by a supreme court under the threat of forced retirement and/or dilution by FDR.

FDR is Obama’s model to try to intimidate the Court.

batterup on July 21, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I know this one.

raises hand

Commerce Clause!!

/cur666

hillbillyjim on July 21, 2011 at 6:08 PM

I apologize ahead of time for going OT, but you’ve got to see these pics of Hillary in Bali, Indonesia. The top row pics of her in a some kind of purple get-up is shocking. {{{shudders}}}

GrannyDee on July 21, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Sorry. Link.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/galleries/596.html?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

GrannyDee on July 21, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Les in NC on July 21, 2011 at 5:27 PM

http://edworkforce.house.gov/Committee/SubcommitteesJurisdictions.htm

marinetbryant on July 21, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Defund the agency, eliminate the headcount, scrub the computers, sell them off with the furniture, and re-lease the offices to somebody else…..then see if they take the hint.

cthulhu on July 21, 2011 at 6:13 PM

GrannyDee on July 21, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Holy Overcharge Button, Batman!

I don’t feel no ways tired. I come too far…

hillbillyjim on July 21, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Get rid of the NLRB!

GarandFan on July 21, 2011 at 6:25 PM

I think the NRLB is very inportant.

They protect ordinary American Governmental workers from the whips and chains of the taxpayers.

The NRLB is needed because ordinary American Taxpayers beat these poor souls into submission and force them to work for 7 hours a day. And, we use whips and chains to keep them in line.

Unions are needed nowadays to ensure that the slave labor trade is well paid; shame on any American Taxpayer that shuns the need for a union.

American Taxpayers are the new slave owners. We must keep the unions alive.

/

Key West Reader on July 21, 2011 at 6:33 PM

There might be something redeemable in the Wagner Act, but we would better off repealing it.

Count to 10 on July 21, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Yep, dump it completely.

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Man… a topic with generally universal consensus. Must be something wrong with the software.

Jazz Shaw on July 21, 2011 at 6:39 PM

GrannyDee on July 21, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Thx for that. I don’t feel like dinner tonight. That was pure nasty. :(

arnold ziffel on July 21, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Government workers are beaten and abused.

They need protection from the Taxpaying Citizenry.

If it wasn’t for the AFCSME Unions, by golly these poor souls would be in their graves.

Protection from Americans is what the AFCSME needs.

For the love of Pete.

Key West Reader on July 21, 2011 at 6:50 PM

The NLRB complaint alleges the new plant was built in South Carolina so Boeing could avoid unionized labor in the Pacific Northwest.

Anyone even THINKING about setting up an operation in a closed-shop state should think twice about it. Once you do so, you don’t dare ever do anything in a RTW state for fear the NLRB will stop you (after you’ve invested millions in land aquisition, designing and building the facility, installing equipment….)

The Monster on July 21, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Man… a topic with generally universal consensus.

Jazz Shaw on July 21, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Nah.

crr6 on July 21, 2011 at 7:36 PM

There was a time when the NLRB did, on occasion, provide a valuable function by ensuring an equal playing field between workers and management

I’m surprised that’s even mentioned as maybe might have been a good thing around here. Reeks of Socialism.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 21, 2011 at 7:59 PM

I apologize ahead of time for going OT, but you’ve got to see these pics of Hillary in Bali, Indonesia. The top row pics of her in a some kind of purple get-up is shocking. {{{shudders}}}

GrannyDee on July 21, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Sorry. Link.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/galleries/596.html?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

GrannyDee on July 21, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Let’s not be petty. Can’t you see the poor woman is busy dodging sniper fire???

tom on July 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Anyone even THINKING about setting up an operation in a closed-shop state should think twice about it. Once you do so, you don’t dare ever do anything in a RTW state for fear the NLRB will stop you (after you’ve invested millions in land aquisition, designing and building the facility, installing equipment….)

The Monster on July 21, 2011 at 7:22 PM

That’s the perverse consequences of what the stupid democratics have done here. They have made any expansion of a business now in a RTW state into a union state an extremely unwise move. It means the performance gap between the union states and RTW states will grow.

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2011 at 8:24 PM

The NLRB complaint alleges the new plant was built in South Carolina so Boeing could avoid unionized labor in the Pacific Northwest.

This type of government action tends to bring out the worst instincts in me. My reaction would be to tell the NRLB to F* Off, build another factory in SC and close a union facility in Washington.

NRLB = Not Remotely Legal Bullshit.

Stephen Macklin on July 21, 2011 at 8:34 PM

The NLRB complaint alleges the new plant was built in South Carolina so Boeing could avoid unionized labor in the Pacific Northwest.

This type of government action tends to bring out the worst instincts in me. My reaction would be to tell the NRLB to F* Off, build another factory in SC and close a union facility in Washington.

NRLB = Not Remotely Legal B*llsh*t.

Stephen Macklin on July 21, 2011 at 8:35 PM

I’m smiling like a proud mama – I sent Tim Scott money when he was running!!! Way to go Tim! Seems like Congress is very busy, what the heck has the Senate been up to? Hey Congress Critters – How bout you just keep sending more of these bills to the Senate, at some point one of them is gonna pass!

huskerdiva on July 21, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Remove their funding, then dissolve it entirely in 2013.

Vashta.Nerada on July 21, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Bing! Defund Becker, that communist POS.

Jaibones on July 22, 2011 at 12:37 AM