Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Labor board stalls Boeing worker's complaint against union

What this all says is that the NLRB and the Obama Administration could not care less for the American worker. It is all about protecting the Democrat's union base.

Earlier this year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overturned an important precedent that had protected the right of individual employees to seek union decertification elections in their workplaces. Under the NLRB's Dana Corporation decision, employees could petition for a secret ballot election within 45 days if a union won recognition using the card check system. That's the controversial procedure under which employees are asked to sign cards supporting unionization. The problem with card check is pressure: It's hard to say no when a burly unionist wants your signature. The Dana precedent gave workers a second chance that was both secret and safe.

In the Lamons Gasket Company case, decided on Aug. 26, the NLRB said it would no longer recognize the Dana requirement because it represented "a major change in Board law" that was "unwarranted." The decision was rushed through because the term of board chairman Wilma Liebman, who was appointed by President Obama, was about to expire. It should also be noted that the board acted despite the fact that board member Craig Becker, another Obama appointee, participated in the deliberations and vote despite having been an advocate for the labor side in the Dana decision.

In contrast to the NLRB's haste to decide Lamons Gasket before the end of Liebman's term, the board is now dragging its feet on another case bearing on the right of individual workers to decide for or against union representation. In September 2009, workers at a new Boeing plant in South Carolina voted 199-68 to decertify the International Association of Machinists (IAM). Then in March 2010, the IAM filed its unfair labor practice complaint against Boeing, seeking to force the company to shut down the South Carolina plant.

According to Boeing employee Dennis Murray, who filed a counter-claim against IAM on June 15, 2011, "the IAM unions are attempting to sabotage the jobs and work of the employees in North Charleston, SC, for the sole or primary reason that these employees rejected IAM representation and chose to work for Boeing without the interference of a labor organization."

Read full Washington Examiner report here.

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