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Split Vote on Reining-in Union Lapdog

September 16, 2011 J

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a critical bill (238-186) to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from destroying American jobs. The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act was introduced by Congressman Tim Scott (R-S.C.) in response to the NLRB’s arrogant and outrageous attempt to stop Boeing from moving a production facility in South Carolina, apparently because it is a right-to-work state. It’s only one of a number of aggressive, pro-union actions the New Deal-era dinosaur has undertaken during the Obama Administration. The unelected board sometimes seems to be serving as a stalking house for advancing this president’s stridently union-friendly agenda.

“I applaud Congressman Tim Scott and the representatives who stood up against the NLRB,” said AFP Vice President for Policy Phil Kerpen. “It’s really a sad state of affairs that in the United States we need legislation to remind bureaucrats they cannot make decisions about where businesses locate. This bill is critical to ensuring that the NLRB cannot interfere in important business decisions.”

Last week, AFP activists across the country visited key lawmakers’ district offices to express their serious concerns about the NLRB’s interference in desperately needed job creation in America. The group’s activists have also been calling and emailing their legislators throughout the week urging them to support the bill and protect American jobs. And the vote’s results speak for themselves.

“The NLRB’s interference and overreach extends way beyond South Carolina and into every state. Our country and the state of Colorado need to create more good, private sector jobs in order to get back on the path to prosperity,” said AFP Colorado Director Jeff Crank. “I applaud Reps. Lamborn, Coffman, Tipton and Gardner for standing up to the NLRB, in order to protect vital jobs and get America back to work. It’s unfortunate, in this time of economic peril, that others in the delegation, Reps. DeGette, Polis and Perlmutter, wouldn’t stand up to the unions and rein-in abuses of power by the NRLB.”

Congressman Scott’s bill was introduced in response to an NLRB effort to stop Boeing from creating thousands of jobs in South Carolina, which is a right to work state with affordable labor costs and a friendly business environment. H.R. 2587 would clarify that the NLRB does not have the power to order any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstance.

Next stop is the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate, where this much-needed reform is bound to encounter more heavy sledding.

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