A gift for labor

Big Labor got its Christmas present Wednesday when its stooges on the National Labor Relations Board gave the go-ahead for “ambush” organizing elections that union bosses hope will reverse decades of declining membership.

Having lost their effort to effectively eliminate secret-ballot elections in favor of the more easily rigged “card check” process, labor officials moved on to push quicker elections intended to minimize an employer’s ability to counter union organizing campaigns.

Now, the NLRB has approved such new regulations, which will limit employer lawsuits in response to a unionization drive and force an election up to two or three weeks quicker than the previously mandated 45 to 60 days following the necessary signature collection.

“The blatantly partisan purpose of this rule is to ensure that employers have no time to talk to their workers about unionizing, and that the only information workers will get will come from the union,” said Robin Conrad of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Obviously. The question now is whether congressional Republicans will let these shenanigans stand. Let’s hope not. Employees have a right to organize if they so choose. Unions have a right to convince others to join their cause. But the right of employers to explain the potential consequences of such decisions is no less sacrosanct.

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