FAIRFAX, VAóAmericans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today praised Rep. Ted Poe for cosponsoring legislation that would remove the quasi-judicial powers from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to act against employers, the ìProtecting American Jobs Act.î
ìFor 75 years, the NLRB has worked to facilitate the organization of labor unions at the expense of private employers, with the overreaching powers to act as prosecutor, judge, and jury against those companies at the behest of union bosses,î Wilson said.
ìWe thank Rep. Poe for taking a stand against this out-of-control agency,î Wilson added.
The law would strip the Board of all its judicial authority, making federal courts the sole arbiter of alleged infractions of labor law.
ìThe NLRB is not a court, it is an agency of the executive branch, and yet for nearly a century, its rulemakings have been granted the weight of court decisions. No longer,î Wilson declared.
In an exclusive interview with ALG, bill sponsor Rep. Austin Scott described the bill and said the labor disputes were better handled in the courts. ìIt takes away the judicial authority of the National Labor Relations Board, [and] puts the decisions in the courts,î he said, adding, ìTaxpayers shouldnít have to pay for this agency. The unions and corporate America can fight it out in the courts without doing it on the taxpayerís dime.î
Rep. Scott thanked ALG for its support of the bill, saying, ìI donít think this bill would be where it is without Americans for Limited Government. I canít thank them enough for their support in moving this legislation forward.î
The bill, HR 2978, has already attracted 51 cosponsors including Rep. Poe, whom Wilson praised, saying, ìRep. Poe is embracing the most comprehensive legislation this session to rein in the NLRBís abuses against private industry.î
A poll conducted by the polling companyô, inc./WomanTrend on behalf of ALG found that 66 percent of respondents thought the agency had too much power ìto officiate legal proceedings over private U.S. companies in its own court system.î
ìThe results of the poll are overwhelming. Although the Board is not widely known, the more respondents found out about the agency, the more they opposed it,î Wilson said. He urged members of Congress to continue to educate their constituents of the ìNLRBís excessive authority to act against employers on behalf of big labor.î
The NLRB has come under increasing scrutiny due to its case attempting to bar Boeing from setting up a manufacturing facility in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, and now its being staffed with constitutionally questionable "recess" appointments, which Wilson called ìteachable moments.î
ìSadly, the Boeing case and the phony 'recess' appointments, as horrendous as they are, are only symptoms of the problem ó which is that this agency has far too much power to begin with to issue rulings against privately owned companies to directly benefit unions. Congress needs to strip its quasi-judicial powers at the source so similar abuses no longer occur,î Wilson concluded.