By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
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When President Obama spoke out forcefully against Michigan's right-to-work law, it was a rare example of the president putting on public display his support of organized labor.
The National Labor Relations Board said it is studying its options on how to "move forward" after a court struck down the agency's controversial rule to speed up union-representation elections earlier this week, because of what unions are calling a technicality.
A federal judge Monday struck down new regulations governing union elections, saying the National Labor Relations Board did not follow proper voting procedures when it approved the rules last year.
Imagine a presidential election in which one candidate may campaign for a year and the other is told he is running only one week before Election Day, blindsiding him. There is no time to organize a team or respond to attacks. The candidate is left scrambling, unable to effectively use resources he may have at his disposal.
Having lured in viewers with the promise of an open meeting but then cloistered themselves away in another government conference room and broadcast their discussion by closed-circuit television last week, two members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) pushed through troubling new union-organizing rules that are favorable to big labor but harmful to both employees and employers.
The House on Wednesday approved a bill designed to rein in the National Labor Relations Board in what GOP critics of the board said was an effort to stop the "rogue" agency from rewriting federal labor law to increase the ability of unions to organize a work site.
The National Labor Relations Board is finding itself in the political cross hairs once again.
At the time the regulation was issued, the board's lone pro-worker member, Brian Hayes said, "Make no mistake, the principal purpose for this radical manipulation of our election process is to minimize, or rather, to effectively eviscerate an employer's legitimate opportunity to express its views about collective bargaining."
But the board's sole Republican nominee, Brian Hayes, said the proposal would produce "quickie elections" that give companies little time to prepare their case against forming a union.