Capitol Hill

An unbalanced proposal

Since becoming president in 2009, President Obama aggressively has pursued policies aimed toward making it easier for employees to form labor unions. During 2009-10, he supported legislation that would allow unions to use "card check" procedures rather than secret-ballot elections. However, the so-called "card check" bill narrowly failed to pass a Democratic-controlled Congress because of a strong lobbying campaign to defeat the legislation and preserve secret-ballot elections.

After Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections, effectively killing the card-check bill, the Obama administration turned to the regulatory arena to advance its goal of making it easier for workers to join unions. The centerpiece of Obama's campaign to boost union organizing is a regulation the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposed in 2011 that dramatically would change union representation procedures. Unfortunately, this regulation will erode employers' due process rights, and NRCA opposes it.

Unnecessary restructuring

NRCA represents union, open-shop and dual-shop contractors and supports policies that maintain an equitable balance in labor-management relations. However, there is nothing balanced about NLRB's proposed regulation.