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What a national travesty. President Obama and his fellow Democrats are wiping out jobs in an economy where more than 14 million Americans are unemployed.
This is occurring in a breadth of ways, some more blatant than others. Obama has stacked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to make it totally pro-union. The board on June 21, for example, proposed what the Wall Street Journal called “the most sweeping changes in federal rules governing union organizing elections since 1947.” This would give employers almost no time to resist representation votes and build a case for opposing unionization.
This was just the latest in a series of acts by the pro-union board, as well as other agencies under the Obama administration, to bow to labor bosses. Fewer than 12 percent of all U.S. workers belongs to unions. But they give generously to Democrats in money and campaign manpower. So coddle them at the expense of others in the workforce. Make sure they have jobs even if others don’t. That’s the policy.
The NLRB in April, in an unprecedented attack, accused giant aircraft company Boeing of illegally building a 787 Dreamliner production line at a new non-union plant in Charleston, SC. The NLRB, in a wild allegation, charged that Boeing was breaking the law by opening a non-union facility in retaliation against union workers for past strikes at its Everett, WA, plant. In effect, it was Obama’s sassy agency telling a business where it could or couldn’t operate.
The House Education and Workforce Committee in July said Americans expect Washington to promote policies to help create jobs. “Instead, Democrat leaders are pursuing an economic agenda that is having a chilling effect on job creators around the country.”
In 2009, President Obama announced what he said would be guidelines for federal contracting so as not to waste federal taxpayer dollars. What a sham. The government uses two means of assuring union labor gets overpaid, costing others lost jobs. First, Davis-Bacon provisions require contractors on federal construction projects to pay workers locally prevailing wages, typically needlessly inflated costs. The other is Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for federal building projects. PLAs reduce competitiveness, increase costs, use inefficient work rules and slow down the work process.
An all-Democratic Nevada County Commission July 24, for instance, argued for a Project Labor Agreement claiming — as if it were reality — that there was a shortage of available workers. This union invention of PLAs approaches legal blackmail. In exchange for higher wages and an agreement to pay into a union health fund even if they already provide a benefit to their workers, the unions agreed not to strike the contractors.
In 2009, the economy was showing signs of recovery. In August, the White House projected unemployment would fall to 8 percent by the end of 2011.The economy went from losing 841,000 jobs in January 2009 to gaining 229,000 in April 2010. This was outlined in an essay by senior analyst James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation. Then Obama and his lefty pals in Congress blasted a hole in the employment picture with the passage of ObamaCare. Within two months, the job market froze like a camper faced with a grizzly bear. ObamaCare discouraged employers from hiring in the following ways.
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