Using the NLRB to Implement Card Check Legislation

By April 22, 2010Labor Unions

In a memo to the SEIU’s Board, the current SEIU interim-president and Andy Stern’s heir apparent, Anna Burger, outlined her campaign to succeed Stern at the labor union’s president. In a detailed memo she describes specific tactics that she will seek to employ if elected president. One item jumped out as worthy of alarm:

Use smart strategies to push the labor‐friendly majority on the NLRB to level the playing field and make it easier to organize through regulation and reconciliation to make quick elections and first contract arbitration the law of the land

The NAM has been quite concerned that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) may seek to implement elements of the jobs-killing EFCA through Board actions. It’s been clear for some time that organized labor bosses wanted to circumvent Congress by implementing their highest priority item – EFCA – through the NLRB. The AFL-CIO’s Stewart Acuff made the point clearly when supporting the nomination of Craig Becker to the Board. Now, this memo from Anna Burger confirms her plans to push the newly constituted board to enact such radical policy changes to U.S. labor law.

NLRB Chairman Wilma Liebman has recommended against an aggressive agenda that puts the Board in a policymaking role. We hope her colleagues follow her advice.

To read this memo click here. (Hat tip: Ben Smith @ POLITICO)

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