Over the last week, two federal courts have issued strong rebukes against the Obama Labor Board's crusade to strong-arm virtually every workplace and worker in America into unions' forced-dues ranks.
You see, last year, the Obama National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) -- far exceeding its authority -- announced a new policy to force its way into private-sector workplaces nationwide.
The NLRB's rule requires private-sector employers to post biased notices about the National Labor Relations Act that effectively serve as a biased roadmap to forced unionization.
This week, in a case brought by National Right to Work Foundation attorneys, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia enjoined the Board from enforcing the new rule, which was set to go into effect on April 30.
Meanwhile, a federal court in South Carolina ruled that the NLRB lacked the authority to implement the policy.
The injunction will remain in effect until the Court of Appeals issues a final ruling, and we're hopeful that the courts will eventually strike down this unfair and unauthorized rule in its entirety.
That's because the policy would put Mom and Pop shops, small businesses, larger companies -- even some religiously-affiliated organizations -- under the Obama Labor Board's microscope even if the employees have no interest in unionization.
Moreover, the posting's pro-forced unionism bias couldn't be clearer.
No mention of workers' right to decertify an unwanted union.
No mention of workers' right to divert forced union dues to a charity if they have a conscientious, religious objection to union membership.
No mention of workers' right to refrain from financially supporting union-boss politics or, if they work in a Right to Work state, to opt out of paying any forced "fees."
Not only that, the NLRB has invented out of whole cloth a new unfair labor practice without Congressional approval. No other federal agency has ever made it unlawful to fail to post a notice that wasn't required by Congress.
Any job provider that fails to post the biased notice could find itself forced into a lengthy and costly legal battle.
Mom and Pop can't afford that.
What makes the new rule even more troubling is that anyone can file the unfair labor practice charge -- not just the company's employees.
The new rule hands aggressive union organizers another weapon in so-called "corporate campaigns" in which they drag a business through the mud in the media with frivolous accusations of employer misconduct.
Union bosses only back off after the business agrees to throw its employees under the bus and let the union launch an abusive "card check" organizing campaign.
This "top-down" union organizing strategy frequently involves a team of union agents showing up at workers' homes and browbeating them with misleading statements, outright lies, and even intimidation until the worker agrees to sign a so-called "union authorization card" instead of a secret-ballot election.
This latest power grab is yet more evidence of the Obama Administration's desperate desire to pay off Big Labor before the next election, and it's an invitation to Big Labor to run card check campaigns everywhere in America.
Federal labor law is supposedly intended to help workers protect their rights.
The biased and ideologically-charged Obama Labor Board, however, has turned into an organizing tool for Big Labor.
And one decision and rule after another has been designed to give union bosses and unelected bureaucrats even more power over workers and job providers alike -- at a time when our economy continues to languish.
That's why your National Right to Work Foundation is fighting back.
But we can't do it without your continued support.
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