Many union bosses are assuming major victories with the new Obama Administration, the makeup of Congress and the Obama National Labor Relations Board, now that all Republicans have been removed from that Board. The National Labor Relations Board under the Obama administration is composed of former union lawyers who are more than willing to allow union bosses to push through “card check measures” in Congress and through the Board. The largest looming nightmare for supporters of freedom of choice is the possiblity of the passage of “card check.”
But all is not lost. Right to Work forces stand ready to combat these blocks to worker freedom.
Washington Times’ Dan Boyer has the story:
Big Labor hopes it’s a sign that Mr. Obama will step into the fray on behalf of union workers more openly during his second term, whether it’s stopping an expansion of right-to-work laws in states or working toward labor’s bigger dream of approving “card check,” which is federal legislation that would make it much easier for nonunion workplaces to organize.
Right-to-work advocates are even more concerned about the NLRB’s plans because Mr. Obama will be appointing a member to replace Republican appointee Brian Hayes, whose term expired Dec. 16. With the president’s selection, the agency will have an all-Democrat board.
The composition of the NLRB’s board is also under a court challenge by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Senate Republicans and others because of Mr. Obama’s recess appointments of three board members in January 2011. The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments Dec. 18 on whether Mr. Obama was within his legal rights when he appointed Sharon Block, Terence Flynn and Richard Griffin.
. . . AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka promised just before the Nov. 6 election that card-check legislation would be approved if Mr. Obama won re-election.
With the House in Republican control for the next two years, Mr. Trumka indicated that unions will push aggressively for Democrats to win back the chamber in 2014 and then to pursue card-check legislation in Mr. Obama’s final two years in office. But Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, said Big Labor and its allies think they could achieve the same goal administratively through an NLRB ruling.
“Even during the card-check fight when it was a legitimate threat, back prior to 2010, folks at the NLRB and the intellectual class said the NLRB had all the authority they needed to do it administratively as a remedy,” said Mr. Mix, whose organization is dedicated to combating “compulsory unionism abuses,” according to its website. He said the risk of such an agency ruling is “theoretical at this point.”
Mr. Mix said he expects the president to be “more engaged” with labor’s efforts to fight right-to-work legislation at the state level, with potential battles in the next three years in states such as Missouri, Kentucky, Montana, Alaska and Pennsylvania. He said Mr. Obama’s vocal stance in Michigan was a stark contrast to his muted response in 2010 to Wisconsin’s effort to roll back collective-bargaining rights of public employees.
“If you recall Wisconsin, when he was still looking forward to re-election, he kind of decided to take a powder on that battle,” Mr. Mix said. “Now he’s safely elected. I suspect we’ll see more activism by this president on these issues.”