Bill Introduced To Eliminate NLRB.
The legislation, sponsored by Representative Trey Gowdy (SC-04) would eliminate the National Labor Relations Board and transfer responsibilities to the Department of Justice and the Office of Labor-Management Standards at the Department of Labor.
The NLRB came under fire earlier this year when they filed a lawsuit against Boeing and demanded Boeing close its new plant in Charleston, S.C., claiming they had violated labor laws by building the plant there rather than in Washington State, according to Westmoreland.
The Bureau of Labor Relations Enforcement would be created within the Department of Justice to specifically handle claims of unfair labor practices. As the agency tasked with ensuring American law is properly enforced, they have the necessary resources to handle claims that the National Labor Relations Act has been violated, according to Westmoreland. The Office of Labor-Management Standards within the Department of Labor already has regional offices across the United States with experienced employees who could take care of the union election certification process currently under the purview of the NLRB, he said.
“The recent overregulation by the National Labor Relations Board has made it clear they are no longer an ‘independent’ or ‘objective’ agency,” said Westmoreland. “Provisions of the National Labor Relations Act must continue to be enforced, but the NLRB is an unnecessary agency. Between the Department of Justice and the Department of Labor, the federal government has ample resources to protect workers without the assistance of the activist members of the National Labor Relations Board.” Source: Times Herald.