Chamber of Commerce Goes After NLRB

The Chamber of Commerce will run a series of commercials in the Washington D C area to draw Congress’ attention to the labor-friendly decisions the NLRB has recently made, including one that would have sanctioned a company
for moving its operations to a Right to Work state after moving its operations to a Right to Work state.  Sean Higgins has the story in the Washington Examiner.

The 30-second ad slams the NLRB’s political appointees for “killing American jobs” through its regulatory overreach. “Tell Congress it is time to rein in the NLRB,” it concludes.

The ad comes as the House is getting ready to consider a $153 billion appropriations bill that includes language prohibiting the NLRB from implementing a rule change on union elections.

The bill, which funds the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education and Labor, passed out of committee last month. The full House has yet to take it up.

The ad slams the board for forcing businesses to give unions their workers’ home phone numbers and email addresses. That is a reference to a board decision late last year that sped up the process for scheduling union elections, giving businesses less time to react.

One of the changes was requiring businesses to turn over all employee contact information to the union to aid their organizing efforts, regardless of whether the worker authorized the disclosure.

In March, President Obama vetoed legislation that would have rolled back the election rule, saying that the bill would “undermine a streamlined democratic process that allows American workers to freely choose to make their voices heard.”

By attaching it to a spending bill for three federal agencies, Republicans are hoping to make it harder for Obama to reject a second time.

The ad also attacks the board for trying to close a factory that employed 4,000 people and for holding businesses “liable for workers they don’t even employ.”