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Wall Street Journal Panel Goes Ballistic Over New Rule That Would Make Union Elections Fairer

Naturally since the National Labor Relations Board did something where companies cannot spend a whole lot of time fearmongering and scaring their employees over how terrible unionization might be for them, the panel members on Rupert Murdoch's The
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Naturally since the National Labor Relations Board did something where companies cannot spend a whole lot of time fearmongering and scaring their employees over how terrible unionization might be for them, the panel members on Rupert Murdoch's The Journal Editorial Report on the Fox propaganda channel thought that this was just a terrible idea, because heaven forbid we can't have anyone in the United States standing up against our race to the bottom on wages and benefits going on right now.

These cretins won't be happy until there's nothing left of the middle class in the United States before they're through with us and of course the group here pretended that if heaven forbid workers in the United States are paid a living wage with some benefits negotiated through their labor contracts, that means companies here won't create any more jobs. What of course was not discussed here is why our politicians are happy to be rewarding companies for outsourcing jobs and shipping them overseas and why we're not fixing our tax code and our trade laws to do something about it.

Here's more from Think Progress on what the panel here was trying to convince their lemmings who watch
Fox and actually take it seriously, and what they were trying to portray as some mortal threat to our economy recovering because heaven forbid companies can't scare the hell out of and intimidate their workers before they decide if they want to vote to join a union.

Republicans Call Rule That Would Make Union Elections Fairer An ‘Outrage,’ ‘Misguided,’ And ‘Reckless’:

Today, the National Labor Relations Board announced a new rule aimed at speeding up the process for union elections, in an attempt to prevent employers from using the various tactics they break out to delay and ultimately undermine unionization drives. According to research by John-Paul Ferguson of Stanford Business School, 35 percent of the time that workers file a petition for a union election, the election does not occur due to the many steps that employers take — including bringing in anti-union consultants — to delay elections for weeks, if not years. Currently, the average time between workers filing a petition for an election and the election taking place is 58 days, ample time for employers to engage in coercion and intimidation, or to fire pro-union workers (which happens in 25 percent of union drives). [...]

As the Center for American Progress’ David Madland wrote, the rule would simply “address the roadblocks that commonly are thrown up when the NLRB attempts to set up an election”:

The proposed rule would address the roadblocks that commonly are thrown up when the NLRB attempts to set up an election. There is currently no limit on employers’ or unions’ ability to demand a pre-election hearing on most any issue, including the eligibility of employees to vote, or the scope of the bargaining unit, which can be used to delay an election. Many of these issues could be resolved after voting, and others are manufactured for purposes of delay and don’t need to be resolved at all, ever. As former NLRB General Counsel Fred Feinstein explains, “The problem has been that a party in any election case has the ability to undermine the expression of employee free choice by manipulating Board procedures to create delay.”

And that's about 180 degrees from the takeaway these liars on Fox gave during this segment. In their world, it's the evil unions that have too much power and just want to wreck our economy because those damned American workers want to be paid a fair wage and make sure the company they work for doesn't kill them, or make them work for slave wages with no benefits. The nerve of them asking the CEO's running a company to want to share their wealth and treat their employees fairly and them having some voice in that.

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