Here is yet another example why our economy is sputtering. Businesses don’t like unions. Unions have destroyed many American businesses. Look at Detroit. It’s a wreck. Unions did to Detroit what that tornado did to Tuscaloosa and what Hugo did to Homestead, Florida. Homestead was rebuilt, and Tuscaloosa will be. This because they know that there is little likelihood that these storms will return with this ferocity – and they will be rebuilt stronger. Businesses – particularly the auto industry – will not be so anxious to rebuild Detroit because these businesses know that the unions are still lurking in the shadows in Michigan ready to strike – ready to throw sand into the gears of any engine of economic recovery. Ready to destroy again.
Businessmen recognize that unions are a destructive force in our economy. And since businesses don’t particularly like unions, businesses aren’t going to be anxious to expand so long as there is a president in the white house who is determined to do all that he can to promote union growth, not only in the government but in the private sector.
And so … in his latest move to weaken the private sector … here comes The Community Organizer and his National Labor Relations Board is at it again. As if the current NLRB complaint about Boeing’s operations in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, isn’t enough .. it has now unveiled new rule changes to make unionizing easier. The proposed changes would speed up the voting process for unionization, giving employers little or no time to state their case.
As it currently stands, labor union elections typically take place anywhere from 45-60 days after a union files a petition. This isn’t good for union organizers. The organizers work behind the scenes for months on end talking to workers and getting their petition put together. While this process is going on the union lawyers are watching the target employer like a hawk … waiting for the employer to do something – to say something – that will allow the union to run screaming to the NLRB alleging some nature of unfair business practices. So here’s the plan —- the Obama administration would cut that 45 to 60 period down to days or even weeks. They say they will do this by “simplifying procedures, deferring litigation and setting shorter deadlines for hearings and filings.” Here, according to the AP, is what the proposed rule changes would do,
* Allow electronic filing of petitions and other documents to speed up processing.
* Set pre-election hearings to begin 7 days after a petition is filed.
* Defer litigation of eligibility issues involving less than 20 percent of the bargaining unit until after the election.
* Eliminate pre-election appeals of rulings by an NLRB regional director.
* Reduce from 7 to 2 days the time for an employer to provide an electronic list of eligible voters.
The NLRB’s only Republican, Brian Hayes, is adamant in his disapproval: “Make no mistake, the principal purpose for this radical manipulation of our election process is to minimize or, rather, to effectively eviscerate an employer’s legitimate opportunity to express its views about collective bargaining.”
The Chamber of Commerce’s chief labor official, Randy Johnson calls this Obama’s biggest gift yet to labor organizations. He says, “It is an attempt to, simply put, bully companies into relinquishing their free speech rights.”
All you have to remember that Barack Obama himself has referred to the private sector – the private sector he wishes to fully unionize – as “the enemy.” Isn’t a natural instinct to try to destroy your enemy? Can you look at Obama’s actions in any other light?