Workforce Fairness Institute

WFI Announces Support For House Legislation To Stop Obama Labor Board

Washington, D.C. (March 8, 2013)
- The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today issued the following statement regarding the introduction of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Steve Womack which would stop the current National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from enforcing any rules, regulations or decisions the government agency has issued since January 2012:

“While there are encouraging economic signs, Americans are still struggling to find good-paying, high-quality jobs.  It must remain the priority of Members of Congress to pursue policies that boost economic growth leading to greater job creation.  While this is widely understood among many in Washington, one notable exception is President Obama’s NLRB, which has bent over backwards to reward Big Labor bosses to the detriment of American employees and employers,” said Fred Wszolek, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI).  “Therefore, considering the D.C. Circuit recently ruled the members of the Board were unconstitutionally recess appointed even as they engage in efforts to kill jobs and hurt economic growth, it is absolutely necessary for Congress to rein in this bureaucracy which has run amok.  We support Congressman Womack’s legislation to stop the NLRB from continuing to issue decisions and making any decisions it has issued since January 2012 of no force and effect, until such time as Board members are constitutionally appointed or the recess appointment issue is resolved by the courts.” 


House Bill Would “Stop NLRB Actions Until Appointments Fight Settled":

Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would prevent actions taken by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) since last year from having any effect until the courts sort out whether President Obama's appointments to that board were constitutional. The introduction of Womack's bill, H.R. 976, comes on the heels of a January decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington that the recess appointments of Sharon Block, Terence Flynn and Richard Griffin to the NLRB were unconstitutional because they were made during a pro-forma session of Congress. President Obama re-nominated both Block and Griffin last month; Flynn resigned last year. It is widely expected that the administration will appeal with court's decision, which could very well make its way up to the Supreme Court. Womack's bill would stay the NLRB's decision 'until final disposition is made in certain actions relating to the appointment of individuals to such Board that are pending in Federal court.’” (Alex Lazar, “GOP Bill Would Stop NLRB Actions Until Appointments Fight Settled,” The Hill, 3/6/13)

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