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For Immediate Release
April 9, 2013
– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today criticized President Obama’s renomination of Mark Pearce to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as a move to promote the narrow policy goals of politically powerful labor unions.
“During Chairman Pearce’s tenure, the NLRB majority has pressed forward in its wholesale transformation of American labor policy on behalf of big labor bosses,” said ABC Vice President of Federal Affairs Geoff Burr. “These actions include silencing employers during the union election process through ‘ambush’ style union elections; preventing employee access to balanced information about their labor rights; and trampling free speech and private property rights by inviting greater union intimidation of employers, employees and their customers.
“In February, ABC also criticized the president’s decision to renominate Sharon Block and Richard Griffin to seats they are currently occupying in violation of the United States Constitution,” Burr added. “Based on today’s nomination, and the president’s actions earlier this year, it could not be more clear that the administration is more interested in playing politics than seating a qualified, impartial slate of board members.
“Amid today’s economic challenges, we cannot afford to let the board continue its radical pro-union agenda, which will further jeopardize economic recovery and threaten to harm the nearly 87 percent of the construction industry that is not affiliated with any labor organization,” Burr stated.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association with 72 chapters representing nearly 22,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms. Visit us at www.abc.org