Politicizing the NLRB III

By May 7, 2010Labor Unions

Brad Peck at The Chamber Post, the U.S. Chamber’s blog, reads the news releases from the National Labor Relations Board and detects a one-sidedness, that of the board emphasizing decisions that favor labor unions. From “NLRB – The National Union Encouragement Board“:

So the NLRB has issued 24 press releases this year — and yes these were the first two to report the results of an election where workers were choosing to be represented or not. To be fair, there was another release “NLRB releases vote count in California Kaiser election” where the NLRB reported on a vote count in which workers voted to leave the SEIU for NUHW — curiously that one didn’t make it onto Twitter.

Going back further none of the forty 2009 releases reported on the results of representation elections, there were also zero such releases in 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, or in 1996 where the archives stop.

Unions and some Board folks have in the past cherry picked a few words out of the 1935 policy declaration in the Wagner Act that it is the policy of the US to “encourage” collective bargaining – as if the 1947 Taft-Hartley amendments were never enacted. This may be the line of thought justifying the new issuance of releases trumpeting employees choosing a union, while not issuing similar releases heralding the rejection of a union — but the NLRB should be proud whenever a fair election is conducted, whatever the results.

Yes, it’s as if the board is cheering on union victories, which is odd behavior for a quasi-judicial board.

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