Obama's NLRB Plays Santa to Unions

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    by Dr. Susan Berry
    29 Dec 2012

    While politicians have kept the focus on the fiscal cliff and displaced anger toward law-abiding citizens who own guns, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was able to quietly overturn longstanding precedents to give unions some Christmas gifts that will ultimately hand them a windfall.

    In the steamrolling style that is now the hallmark of the Obama administration and its extensions, the NLRB voted 3-1 to gut the Supreme Court’s 1988 Communication Workers of America v. Beck decision, whereby union workers in non-right-to-work states were able to withhold the portion of their dues that unions spend on political activism. The NLRB now allows that unions no longer are required to provide proof, through audits of their finances, to so-called “Beck objectors” that their money is not spent on union politics.

    In addition to saving unions from mandatory financial audits, the NLRB also decided that lobbying expenses are now “chargeable to [Beck] objectors, to the extent that they are germane to collective bargaining, contract administration, or grievance adjustment.”

    These new rules mean that workers who are forced to join unions and pay union dues have less control than ever over how their money is spent by union leaders. Labor bosses can now spend those funds on just about any lobbying expense whatsoever and never have to justify it.


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    Trying to consolidate power without any apparent sense of how damaging these power plays are to their reputation.

    If unions would SHOW that they're valuable, they would gain so much more than they're getting by measures such as this.
     
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    Union leadership is elected by the rank and file, unlike CEO's who aren't, and can spend any amount of money they want on lobbying and political contributions.

    This is an attempt to undermine unions by defunding their political arm, and the Obama folks were right to shoot it down.
     
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    Obama civilian army he promised us...to disrupt our lives

    We see they are already creating havoc in some areas..

    enjoy it, you all voted for it
     
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    I'm enjoying the crap out of it. Nice to see government on the side of working people again.
     
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    That's good, I hope they hit you where it hurts..make sure you enjoy it..we can be like France where they shut down whole cities and services
     
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    Two governments that are on the side of working people: State governments of Michigan and Wisconsin, as recent examples.
     
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    You're on the side of forcing members to pay for political activities they disagree with?

    How is that a good thing for unions or the membership?

    The reputation of unions has been severely tarnished because of their political activities. Forcing membership to pay for those political activities just gives more ammo to the right-to-work movement.

    Unions have a place -- if they prove valuable, and if they don't minimize their perceived value by seeming like a old-fashioned Chicago-style arm of the Democrat party.

    Instead of showing their value, they keep shooting themselves in the foot by overplaying.
     
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    You're right. There are some union members who are too stupid to realize that the Republicans are NOT their friends.

    Hell, I fell for it for years.

    doesn't take away from teh fact, if those guys don't like what the union leadershp is doing, they have the option of running for that leadership or supporting leaders that reflect their views.

    "HEy, guys, let's sign on for the "Work Harder for Less M oney and Less Rights" Platform! Um.. guys. Guys? "
     
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    Without union money Obama never would have been re-elected.
     

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