House Passes NLRB Restraint Bill, Connolly Sides with Big Labor

September 16, 2011

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would prevent the National Labor Relations Board from dictating to private companies where they conduct their business. The bill passed 238-to-186, with Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly (11th District) siding with union interests, despite his previously undecided stance. Members of AFP-Virginia had visited Connolly’s district office this week in an attempt to sway him into siding with Virginians and continuing efforts to create jobs in the Commonwealth.

The legislation, HR2587, stems from NLRB’s heavy-handed and overreaching effort to prevent Boeing from building its new 787 jet airliners in South Carolina, 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.

The legislation has particular significance to Virginia as the northern-most right-to-work state in the nation. Should the NLRB retain the power to direct the business decisions of private employers, it would undermine Virginia’s ability to use its right-to-work law to continue to attract new jobs to the Commonwealth.

The bill now awaits action in the U.S. Senate.

Americans for Prosperity’s Virginia Director Trixie Averill issued the following statement:

“The NLRB’s interference and overreach extends way beyond South Carolina and into every state. Virginia needs to create more good, private sector jobs in order to get back on the path to prosperity. It is distressing that Congressman Connolly stood with the NLRB to cost America more jobs and stifle the free marketplace.

“If the unions and the NLRB are able to swoop in and scare off potential job creators in Virginia simply because we are a right-to-work state, it could have a devastating chilling effect on companies moving to the Commonwealth to create much-needed jobs for our residents. Virginia’s business-friendly environment has long been an advantage over other states, but if Big Labor and the government are able to pressure, coerce and litigate away that edge, our citizens and our economy will suffer.

“We sincerely hope that Senators Webb and Warner are paying attention and understand the importance of standing up for the right to work and the people of Virginia.”

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