CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Thursday, September 15, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 2587, the Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act, under a rule. The bill was introduced by Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) on July 19, 2011, and referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.
H.R. 2587 would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstance. The bill would amend the National Labor Relations Act to prohibit the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in future and pending cases, from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstances. The legislation would effectively prevent the NLRB from restricting where an employer can create jobs in the United States. The bill would eliminate an extreme enforcement remedy available to the board; more than a dozen alternative remedies remain available to hold employers accountable for unlawful labor practices and make employees whole. The bill would apply to any complaint for which a final adjudication by the NRLB has not been made by the date of enactment.
The NLRB is touted as “an independent federal agency vested with the power to safeguard employees' rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative. The agency also acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions.”
The National Labor Relations Act currently empowers the NLRB to order employers to close or relocate American workplaces, threatening jobs and business growth across the nation. On April 20, 2011, the NLRB filed a complaint against The Boeing Company for opening a plant in South Carolina and demanded the operation be transferred to Puget Sound, Washington. Yet, not one union employee at Boeing’s Puget Sound facility has lost his or her job as a result of the proposed South Carolina plant. Still, the NLRB is pursuing a “restoration order” against Boeing that would cost South Carolina thousands of jobs and deter future investment in the United States. If successful, the NLRB’s action will destroy thousands of jobs in South Carolina and will have a negative effect on job creators across the country.
According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), enacting H.R. 2587 would not affect federal spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply. H.R. 2587 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.