On June 27, U.S. Chamber Workforce Freedom Initiative Executive Director Glenn Spencer spoke to members of the business community about organized labor. Spencer is a former chief of staff to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.
Many Americans assume that major policy decisions in Washington must be approved by Congress. Spencer explained that in reality, some of the most far-reaching changes are made by unelected regulators working in federal agencies. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is a small agency, but has a lot of power over the rules for union organizing.
Labor unions failed in their efforts to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, also known as Card Check. But now they are attempting to obtain through regulation what they could not through legislation. Through new federal mandates, court cases filed against employers, political appointments and pro-labor Executive Orders, organized labor's "Plan B" can become law without a vote by Congress.
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Spencer discussed the recent Boeing case. In 2009, Boeing decided to open a new facility in Charleston, South Carolina to manufacture the 787 Dreamliner. More than a year after the decision was made, when construction of the 1-million-square-foot structure was nearly completed, and after more than 1,000 South Carolinians had been employed, the NLRB filed a labor charge against the company to shut down the facility. The NLRB claimed that the move was a payback for past strikes by machinists in Seattle, Washington. There is no evidence that Boeing failed to negotiate with the union. No existing jobs will be moved from Washington state to South Carolina. The NLRB is trying to tell Boeing where it can and cannot create jobs and lines of work.
What You Can Do:
- Submit comments on regulations
- Support the Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R. 972 & S. 217)
- Get involved in NLRB nominations
- Contact your Member of Congress: