by Warner Todd Huston | April 8, 2014 2:21 pm
If you own a company and want to relocate to another part of the country, Obama wants you to know that you have no right to decide where that location will be. Obama wants you to know that only a labor union can make that decision. You have no say in the matter.
At least, that is what Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) wants to do with a new rule that would give unions veto power over where a company re-opens its doors.
The goal, of course, is to destroy the economies of right-to-work states and force them to allow destructive unions to hold sway over their business sector or risk economic ruin.
Currently it is perfectly legal (not to mention moral, I might add) for a company to decided it wants to close its facilities in one part of the country and move some or all of it’s business to another part of the country. We call it the free enterprise system.
Certainly it is a moral right that the owner(s) of a company should have the right to make such a decision, wouldn’t you think?
But Obama wants to end that common American right of business owners to decide where they want to do business.
This change in the moral right of businesses is being proposed by Obama’s extremist general counsel to the NLRB, Richard Griffin, who wants to force all businesses that already have a unionized work force to go hat in hand to its unions and ask *pretty please* may the company move, say, from Michigan to North Carolina.
The effect of this new rules change would force businesses to stay in failing situations and in economic conditions that are strangling them. It will prevent a company from being able to make the dynamic changes needed to try to stay in business. This rule will certainly further destroy our manufacturing sector.
Now, as Peter Schaumber noted this week, the U.S. Supreme Court has already spoken to the right of a business to make its own decisions. The SCOTUS said that the NLRB must respect “management’s [need] to be free from the constraints of the bargaining process to the extent essential for the running of a profitable business.”
And all this to protect Obama’s beloved, anti-democratic, anti-business, anti-capitalist, un-American union pals.
It is also important to remember just who this Richard Griffin is. Griffin, Obama’s appointee to the NLRB, is a long time Big Labor operative as a high ranking member of the International Union of Operating Engineers–a union that runs thick with ties to organized crime.
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