Labor Board Serves Unions, Not Workers


As seen in the January 9th issue of the Charleston Daily Mail.

Organized labor has diagnosed the sickness that has generated the steady decline of its membership over the last three decades: Employees know too much. On Dec. 21, the National Labor Relations Board took up the issue by implementing yet another administrative regulation to keep employees in the dark.

Will it work?

For decades, the NLRB has protected an employee's right to learn the facts about the benefits and adversities associated with being represented by a union in the workplace. Unions have legal rights to campaign for votes in elections amongst workers, as do employers. If either threatens or coerces employees during an organizing campaign, the election result can be set aside and the offending party can be held accountable. Since 2010 the current administration has been systematically acting to erode those rights to ensure that to the degree employees learn anything about being represented by a union, the source of that information is singularly the union itself.

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