NLRB will Limit Ability of Unionized Business to Relocate

Richard Griffin, the new general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, wants to give unions a veto over a unionized employer’s decision to relocate. If Griffin has his way, and he most assuredly will, some unionized businesses will be pinned in place at the discretion of their unions, and their decisions to relocate all or part of their business for greater efficiency and lower production costs will be delayed indefinitely or thwarted altogether.

The change Griffin is contemplating is unnecessary and inconsistent with the law and the dynamics of our free enterprise system. This terribly misguided act will upset the balance mandated by the Supreme Court and should send a chill up the spine of unionized companies contemplating relocating an operation.

Griffin’s intent was disclosed in a memorandum he sent the agency’s regional directors ordering them not to act on cases presenting an issue “of concern” to him – and there were many – without receiving guidance from his office.  Griffin’s guidance will be to order employers to be prosecuted not on the basis of what the law is but on the law as Griffin would like it to be.

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