Labor Unions Trying To Control Business
Scholars at The Heritage Foundation uncovered an NLRB internal memo dated May 10, in which the board suggested giving unions the power to sit in on important business decisions. Currently, unions only have a say when those changes are made to reduce labor costs regarding current employees. Now the NLRB wants unions to be an integral part of the decision-making. According to the National Review:
“The NLRB wants to force companies to provide detailed economic justifications (including underlying cost or benefit considerations) for relocation decisions to allow unions to bargain over them – or lose the right to make those decisions without bargaining over them.”
So basically, unions will get control of where and how a company does business. This would spell disaster for the 22 right-to-work states. Unions will be able to force businesses to pay more (thus hiring less people) by keeping them in forced-unionization states. It’s clear that President Obama and his administration – who have been placing radicals on the NLRB – are trying to shore up their base while destroying the business community.
Labor unions make up a large percentage of the Democratic base; however they only make up 7% of the current work force. The cost to do business with union leaders leads to lower job creation. Many businesses find it increasingly difficult to meet the demands of today’s labor leaders and therefore try to avoid unions all together.
It’s no coincidence that according to the latest Best/Worst States for Business list, right-to-work states are much more business friendly. In fact, 16 out of the top 20 are right-to-work states, while 19 out of the bottom 20 are forced-unionism states. The conservative victory in the Wisconsin Supreme Court battle proved that Americans are rejecting the extreme demands and special treatment afforded to Big Labor.
When government controls who is involved in the decision-making process for business, we will all lose. Our country currently has 9% unemployment, and forcing companies to stay in expensive union-states will only drive that percentage up. We can’t let that happen. The government needs to get out of the way of businesses so that our economy can finally turn around.