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NLRB Plans to Promote Union Organizing Among Private Employers

John on December 22, 2010 at 10:04 am

No sooner had I read this morning’s article by Robert J. Samuelson talking about the unsustainable benefits granted to public sector unions, then I found this AP piece:

Most private employers would have to display posters informing workers about their right to form a union under a proposed federal rule that is bound to please unions and draw the ire of companies trying to resist labor organizers.

The planned rule, announced Tuesday by the National Labor Relations Board, would require businesses to post notices in employee break rooms or other prominent locations to explain workers’ rights to bargain collectively, distribute union literature or engage in other union activities without reprisal.

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AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka called the proposal a common sense policy that is necessary “in the face of widespread misunderstanding about the law and many workers’ justified fear of exercising their rights under it.”

Personally, I’d like to see union poster with a mandatory warning label, something like the ones we have on cigarettes. In fact, they can just reprint this paragraph from Samuelson’s column:

The Pew Center on the States estimates $1 trillion of underfunding for the pensions and health benefits of states. Economists Robert Novy-Marx of the University of Rochester and Joshua Rauh of Northwestern University have higher totals for pensions alone; their gaps are about $3 trillion for states and almost $600 billion for localities. Underfunded health benefits for states and localities together are reckoned by different studies between $500 billion and $1.5 trillion, report economists Robert Clark and Melinda Morrill of North Carolina State University.

This is the real result of collective bargaining, collective theft from future generations which threaten to drown our entire system in red ink. We assuredly do not need more of this idiocy at this moment in time.

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