The NLRB Rigs the Rules
From the joint-employer rule to quickie elections and gerrymandering, the National Labor Relations Board pushes unionization [PDF here]
by Diana Furchtgott-Roth
Summary: A long-time union lawyer is enjoying his high post at the National Labor Relations Board, where he and his allies threaten to wreak havoc on the American economy. With little respect for the rule of law and a heavy thumb on the scales for the union side, the NLRB is in the midst of upending the franchise model that makes so many small businesses possible. It’s also at work perverting the ballot process for unionization elections, and keeping employers from talking with workers before those elections.
In his novel The Trial (1914), Franz Kafka painted a portrait of an unimaginably oppressive government with secret laws and trials in which the individual is crushed. Kafka could have found much literary inspiration in the National Labor Relations Board, which has recently worked to bring the nation quickie unionization elections, the gerrymandering of bargaining units (deciding who’s eligible to vote after the votes have been cast), and a scheme that could destroy the franchise model in American business.
Let’s look first at an effort to change the definition of who’s your boss, if you work at one of the hundreds of thousands of businesses in the U.S. that are based on the franchise model. This effort can be traced to the office of NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin.
If you follow issues related to labor law, Griffin’s name may be familiar. [Click HERE for the full story.]