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NLRB Workers ‘Forced to Fight for Their Own Rights Against Union-Busting’ Bosses

“This Is An Agency Dedicated To Promoting Collective Bargaining And Protecting Workers’ Right To Organize, So It Is Especially Shameful To See Our Leadership Engage In Such Blatant Conduct,” NLRB Professional Association President Karen Cook Said.

Published Tuesday, December 3, 2019
by IBEW Media Center
NLRB Workers ‘Forced to Fight for Their Own Rights Against Union-Busting’ Bosses

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) own Workers rallied against management abuses affecting their Union’s ability to represent them, signaling new depths of the agency’s Union-Busting Agenda.

“This is an agency dedicated to promoting collective bargaining and protecting Workers’ right to organize, so it is especially shameful to see our leadership engage in such blatant conduct,” Karen Cook, the President of the NLRB Professional Association said in a statement.

Protesting outside the NLRB’s Washington Headquarters, Career Staffers called out Board Chairman John Ring and General Counsel Peter Robb for unprecedented attacks on two Employee Unions, Bloomberg Law reported.

The conduct is in line with escalating action by the NLRB’s GOP majority that’s targeting Private Sector Workers nationwide

Decisions and new rules allow employers to eject Union Organizers from public spaces, more easily withdraw Union Recognition, discriminate against Union Members in the workplace, thwart protests and undermine the rights of Employees at subcontractors and franchises, among other rollbacks.

The latest challenge for Workers inside the NLRB, at headquarters and in satellite offices nationwide, are two Trump Administration Executive Orders designed to break Federal Unions and make it easier to fire Employees.

Union Leaders charge that management has exceeded the already-hostile scope of the orders, which, among other things, allow agencies to curtail the paid time and access to physical space at worksites that make effective representation possible.

“They’re doing it because they think they can get away with it.  There’s no recourse,” Michael Bilik, the Legislative Co-Chair of the NLRB Union, told Politico. “Going beyond the Executive Orders is an abuse of power that undermines the civil service.”

NLRB Staffers also take issue with the agency’s failure to spend its full budget the past two fiscal years, suggesting it is another sign of animus toward both Federal Employees and aggrieved Private Sector Workers who seek justice through the Board.

Bloomberg reported on the budget surpluses earlier in November, writing that Ring and Robb “recently implemented a number of changes to the way that the agency investigates unfair labor practice cases and how the five-member board issues decisions in those cases… The Board has also offered staff buyouts and left certain open positions unfilled, citing anticipated budget cuts.”

To Continue Reading This Labor News Story, Go To: www.ibew.org/media-center/Articles/19Daily/1911/191122_NLRBWorkers

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