Sen. Graham: NLRB is “becoming the Grim Reaper of job creation”

posted at 2:01 pm on June 14, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

The National Labor Relations Board is one of those dubious government bodies that often manages to avoid bringing too much attention to itself, but under President Obama especially, the independent federal agency is the keeper of the type of big-labor power that damages the free market on the regular. I haven’t paid them much notice since that the Machinists’ opprobrious assault on Boeing last year, but don’t worry, they’re still there, sticking little barbs in the heart of the economy one union whim at a time (after all, the Obama administration needs to keep unions happy — gotta’ keep those Democratic campaign donations coming!).

Last August, the NLRB issued a ruling on a case known as Specialty Healthcare which would essentially allow for the creation of “micro-unions” by allowing small segments of a company’s workers to organize. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) is looking to block the ruling’s implementation by introducing an amendment to the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations bill that would ban the use of federal funds for its enforcement.

Graham said he wants to block the NLRB ruling because it has set a precedent where subsets of workers at a worksite can form a union.

“The reason I’m involved is because businesspeople from over the country have indicated to me that this ruling is basically creating chaos in the private sector,” Graham said. “The NLRB is becoming the Grim Reaper of job creation.” …

“You expect an agency not to become a political advocacy group, and this ruling is just creating havoc in the private sector when the private sector is not doing fine,” Graham said. …

In the August 2011 ruling, the NLRB said it should only apply to specific healthcare facilities such as nursing homes. The labor board said 53 certified nursing assistants could form a bargaining unit for a union and exclude other types of employees at the nursing home.

Critics conceded that the NLRB said the ruling should only apply to certain industries, but argued it is still being used elsewhere. …

Schwartz cited the example of the women’s shoe department at a Bergdorf Goodman store forming a union and said the NLRB regional director cited the August 2011 ruling in his decision.

No word yet on whether this is going to gain bipartisan traction, but good for Sen. Graham for pursuing this. We can’t afford to leave any stone unturned in the fight to scale back the rules and regulations strangling our economy, particularly now that unions are going to be pushing to claw back some status after that embarrassing little Wisconsin debacle — an animal is most dangerous when it’s cornered and wounded, and whatnot.

 


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…only since 2009!

KOOLAID2 on June 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

…Graham cracker!

KOOLAID2 on June 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

….goodbye…come back later!

KOOLAID2 on June 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

…opens door slowly…peeks in…no one here yet…backs up closes door again

KOOLAID2 on June 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM

…maybe I should go in there and open the windows!

KOOLAID2 on June 14, 2012 at 2:09 PM

…and put a ladder by the window?

KOOLAID2 on June 14, 2012 at 2:10 PM

…am I gonna have to carry someone in here?

KOOLAID2 on June 14, 2012 at 2:10 PM

…could have crawled in here!

KOOLAID2 on June 14, 2012 at 2:11 PM

We have one councilman here that is taking on the unions that have been gaining control of the city’s purse strings. And last week we got the former editor of the San Fran Chronicle installed in the same position here.

It appears his first order of business is to take her out. This is going to get interesting since almost no one knew we had unions in our government.

DanMan on June 14, 2012 at 2:11 PM

…ok! knock it off!

KOOLAID2 on June 14, 2012 at 2:12 PM

It was mildly amusing the first few times I saw it, Koolaid. Getting kind of sick of it now.

Kelligan on June 14, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Allowing actors within the economy to collude with one another to set prices is a big deal. This type of privilege should not be granted by some unaccountable board.

forest on June 14, 2012 at 2:12 PM

The amendment to the appropriations bill that would stay this ruling failed today on a 15-15 vote in committee. There is still stand-alone legislation that would overtuen the ruling, but it has little chance of passing the Senate this year.

rockmom on June 14, 2012 at 2:12 PM

…thank you DanMan…I thought JugEars speech killed everyone!

KOOLAID2 on June 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

It was mildly amusing the first few times I saw it, Koolaid. Getting kind of sick of it now.

Kelligan on June 14, 2012 at 2:12 PM

…well knock yourself out…go ahead and puke!

KOOLAID2 on June 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I came in thru the chimney.

docflash on June 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Totally corrupt agency. GOP needs a few ads on how bad appointments can destroy jobs

pat on June 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Koolaid, are you trying to prove that your maturity level fits right in with the White House team?

Archivarix on June 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Has the NLRB updated its mission statement lately? In case they haven’t noticed, we live in a global economy now. They can chase jobs from South Carolina back to Washington (naked politics if you as me), but what happens when they chase jobs to other parts of the globe? Are they going to muscle their way across the Pacific?

stout77 on June 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

I back-doored it!

Keep it up Kool-Aid, we need something to smile about today!

herm2416 on June 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

“Economists across the spectrum agree that raising taxes, increasing government regulations, and more unionized labor makes companies more competitive in the global economy.”

Barry “The Destroyer” Obama

jukin3 on June 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Are they going to muscle their way across the Pacific?

stout77 on June 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Don’t think they wouldn’t love to have an office in every country…Service Employees INTERNATIONAL Union is Obama’s favorite after all.

They organized all the janitors here in Houston a few years ago and paid to get another councilman seated and last week they called a targeted strike. They demanded a raise from $8.50 to $10/hour over four years.

The staffing company fired those that struck and the SEIU is calling in the NLRB. This ought to be good. I’ll keep y’all posted.

DanMan on June 14, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Whassamatta, Lindsey? Get tired of trying to get along with the Democrats? Jeb will be so disappointed.

kbTexan on June 14, 2012 at 2:30 PM

000 licensed to kill jobs, Barack Obama.

NoDonkey on June 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Look what just resurfaced from McCain’s pants drawer. All us racists, bigots cannot understand why SC would reelect such a girly man. Oh well, go tell it to the wise Latina.
I will be praying SC finally puts you out so you can finally enter the Ms. Universe Pageant. They allow your kind now.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I am quite surprised to see something like this from Senator Grahamnesty.

“The NLRB is becoming the Grim Reaper of job creation.” …

That’s a pretty strident and accurate statement. Is it possible he sees the Tea Party express in the rear view?

dogsoldier on June 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

It was mildly amusing the first few times I saw it, Koolaid. Getting kind of sick of it now.

Kelligan on June 14, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Take some Midol.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 14, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Just a piece of the same old-same old. Obama and his cadres weaseling themselves into every nook and cranny of our economy, destroying everything in their path — kind of like Japanese beetles or Dutch elm disease.

Absolutely nothing is going to get through the Senate until the day after Election day — then watch how fast Harry, Barry and Nancy start throwing executive order after executive order at the country. Mitt’s entire first week in office is going to be nothing but issuing executive order after executive order to cancel out the Won’s.

Like the Dept. of (non)Education and the EPA, the NLRB has got to go. In order to accomplish this, we must secure a veto-proof majority in the Senate and a substantial majority in the House as well as the presidency.

(I also expect, a la the Clintons, the Obamas and their staffs will totally trash the White House as they exit the doors. I wonder how much stuff Mooch will attempt to take with her?)

catsandbooks on June 14, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Koolaid, are you trying to prove that your maturity level fits right in with the White House team?

Archivarix on June 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

…Oh NOOOOOO!…I’m waaaaaay less mature!…Ask my kids! I’m just not as stupid as all those Harvard grads!

KOOLAID2 on June 14, 2012 at 2:47 PM

There is no particular reason that the NLRB even exists. Differences between unions and the companies they occupy are between them and should not involve the government. If they can’t work out differences there is always the courts.

Dasher on June 14, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Bingo.

2Tru2Tru on June 14, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Hey! Barry NEEDS the money!

GarandFan on June 14, 2012 at 3:02 PM

There is no constitutional authority for a department of education, Labor, Commerce, and number of alphabet departments and agencies. The President can end them with an EO. I’m sure the left will squawk, but you simply tell them unless they can show a clear constitutional authority for said nonsense any court decision and order will be ignored.

The Executive has as at least as much responsibility for enforcing the constitution as anyone else. He, after all, is to faithfully execute the laws and the constitution is the highest law of the land.

Quartermaster on June 14, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Are they going to muscle their way across the Pacific?

stout77 on June 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Don’t think they wouldn’t love to have an office in every country…Service Employees INTERNATIONAL Union is Obama’s favorite after all.

They organized all the janitors here in Houston a few years ago and paid to get another councilman seated and last week they called a targeted strike. They demanded a raise from $8.50 to $10/hour over four years.

The staffing company fired those that struck and the SEIU is calling in the NLRB. This ought to be good. I’ll keep y’all posted.

DanMan on June 14, 2012 at 2:30 PM

The level of selfishness these unions have demonstrated at a time of economic crisis has been astounding. “Shared sacrifice” my a$$. At a time when we should be lowering minimum wages across the board to make room for more jobs, these greedy leaches are pushing in the exact opposite direction, hoarding jobs from those not fortunate enough to be plugged into their machine prior to the meltdown that they helped create. Time to bust ‘em up.

Do keep us posted – I’d be interested to see if Houston is catching onto their naked greed.

stout77 on June 14, 2012 at 3:11 PM

“You expect an agency not to become a political advocacy group…”

NO. That is exactly what to expect when you elect a Chicago Democrat.

It’s The Chicago Way.

novaculus on June 14, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Attacking liberals and liberal institutions?

Yikes, Senator Grahram must be off his meds.

The guy is so unpredictable that it suggest that he doesn’t have principles so much as he is a political weather vane.

BMF on June 14, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Sen. Graham: NLRB is “becoming the Grim Reaper of job creation”

I thought Sen. Lindsey Graham was reelected only a couple years ago, why would he be talking like a Republican or even, gasp, a Conservative with four years left before he has to face the voters, what so clearly focused his mind?

I guess when his best buddies, the Democrats, killed the Boeing aircraft plant in South Carolina that got him back on our side of the aisle for a short while. Sadly, if it was any other state losing the Boeing aircraft plant Lindsey would undoubtedly be siding with the Democrats and against the evil Republicans.

RJL on June 14, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Al Bundy hardest hit.

hillbillyjim on June 14, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Now never mind why businesses are sitting on over a trillion dollars and not investing it in new factories or employees. That has nothing to do with this. Look, shiny, shiny!

slickwillie2001 on June 14, 2012 at 6:26 PM

This isn’t even 1/2 of it. The $20+ billion lost when bailing out the auto companies is lost d/t bailing out USW benefits.

Danny on June 14, 2012 at 7:50 PM