Imagine going into McDonalds and the first thing you see is a giant sign saying “Eat At Burger King,” you might think that something is crazy. Well the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which under the present administration has been reconfigured to be biased toward big labor, is proposing a new rule that would require non-union shops to advertise for the “competition.” They would have to display posters informing workers about their right to form a union .
This proposed rule would require businesses to post notices in employee break rooms or other prominent locations to explain a worker’s rights to bargain collectively, distribute union literature or engage in other union activities without reprisal.
While the NRLB has required individual companies to post signs before, it has been done on a case-by-case basis and usually when a company’s management has tried to intimidate workers from unionizing, but what used to be punishment will now apply to everyone under the NRLB’s jurisdiction:
It comes less than a year after President Barack Obama made several recess appointments to give the board its first Democratic majority in a decade. Obama’s appointments to the board were held up for months over GOP concerns that one nominee — former AFL-CIO counsel Craig Becker — would be too sympathetic to unions.
From a political point of view, the Democrats need to support almost everything big labor does as the leadership (more than the rank-and- file) represents a strong part of their extreme left base.
A reason for the latest NLRB move is that they haven’t been able to push card check through Congress. Since then big labor has been working with the NLRB to find other ways to tip the scales toward labor. Unions are trying to reverse years of membership declines in the private sector, where just 7.2 percent of employees belong to a union. Other things being considered is allowing electronic voting for union elections, a move that could compromise secret ballots.