NLRB Faces Shutdown After Member's Term Expires
Georgia Congressman Phil Gingrey reacts
- Duration 6:47
- Date Dec 26, 2011
Georgia Congressman Phil Gingrey reacts
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Union members are hoping for a post Christmas miracle that one that would save the National Labor Relations Board.
Coming here is data controversial labor -- will likely shut down here's why.
The NLRB is down to just three members the end of the year that number falls to two when Craig Becker's term expires.
The -- cannot function with just two members so unions are hoping President Obama will make a recess appointment.
I guess -- was hoping he doesn't Republican congressman -- thinking -- congressman happy holidays great to have you with this afternoon.
So it's an election year thank you -- we know the president eight in the labor movement is very supportive of the president he likely hasn't -- at this point and so it's very likely we could get.
A recess appointment here to the NLRB when you think about that.
Going to be a little tricky for him to do bad because congress is not officially.
But in recess -- no joint resolution.
Well of reassessment so every three day you saw the have to be a pro forma session following -- couple people at least.
Two to convene in Washington.
And and I guess he could squeeze that the end but I think is a bad idea I think -- -- for the most part are done to bypass so the same it.
Did -- and consent.
Well this -- the constitution.
And and then you get people like Donald Berwick and they spend a whole year.
As -- director of Medicaid coliseum -- while -- Medicare Medicaid.
And in its -- attack I mean it's -- their bucket list may be over the country's wasted time so I hope the president doesn't do that quite honestly.
-- politics aside.
Do you want to see the NLRB shut down.
Well I wanna see the NL or be shut down if they continue.
Activity like they tried to pull out the -- in the end state of Washington in regard to Boeing aircraft.
Boeing wanted to all locate a plant in South Carolina are right to work state.
If they weren't cutting any jobs -- in Washington.
Saw in Washington State and and and all sudden NLRB told Boeing -- you can't do that.
But you can't open a plant in South Carolina thought where it's a right to work state labor cost is cheaper -- other companies more profitable -- lot more planes.
Again and finally.
NLRB on the -- drop there there there complaint win Boeing had to agree to extend their contract.
-- -- -- Well -- to the year twice sixteen.
Saw and also had to agree bit.
This that it would be union activity.
Well you united call ugly union -- all all home manufacturers.
Of machinists -- -- That they would they would they would bill the all 737.
Max airplane but out on the West Coast so.
You know that the NLRB of the way they're acting say yes would be better off if they couldn't do any thing.
For the next year already sick children also enemy we're -- -- -- those job.
The NLRB has a very full docket though look at this list -- complaints about social media collective bargaining rights mandatory arbitration agreements.
All still on results of what's the alternative to addressing these issues if you don't have an NLRB.
Well that you're you're right there they're 200 I -- I understand issues that that need to be resolved but they need to be resolved and I know on political.
And in if the president is is -- did okay.
He's gonna replace this current Democrats this on the board.
They gives them three.
In his term expires at the end of this year he's gonna replace him with -- Jack Griffin.
Who is a General Counsel for a labor union.
And sits on the board of the AFL CIA.
FL CIO how do you think these 200 cases -- go to be the dissolved in reconciled in favor of the union and so from my perspective you want to play political gamesmanship.
I think we're better off that they only have.
Two members and the Supreme Court has said they can't adjudicate.
Any thing with less than lukewarm but I think that would be -- have been given a -- delay the labor union and -- all 200 these.
-- All right congressman thanks so much for sharing your outlook in your views fair and balance now to -- not so says the economy needs.
The NL RBC's and it's great in each you know.
So there's a strong argument that the labor movement is very closely -- to the NLRB.
And the president therefore should not just make this recess appointment also heard congressman statements as well so what are your thoughts -- -- person having the congressman is just wrong on -- fact if you look at some of what's come out of the NLR.
Be you know the Boeing decision not a lot of big headlines the business community kind of went into overdrive in this sort of overreacting mode but -- the social media which you brought up their minute they they reviewed fourteen cases -- this past summer and how of them came out on the -- her side.
You're the you're arguing for the -- -- -- on their side there was another run where they came out and said that a union had taken.
You know incorrect actions and and so pushed back against that instance of the -- posted a video on FaceBook so it's not always aid.
Immediate that for the economy bad for employers when it comes.
In art isn't not to be said as well on of course something the devils that -- trying to do for both units for the fact that government right now is just too big and it's getting in the way.
Job growth in companies being able to grow and expand.
The -- so what's the best role for government and he -- NLRB necessary in this steamy especially we're coming up a week that we just -- congress.
Which was a fight down to the very last minute eleventh hour to see it can't just to get a two month extension on a -- tax cut that's right that's right an idea the NLRB.
It it does play an important role and we can't we can't starts you -- -- workers' rights just because we're in a fragile economy we have to find a balance and I think that president -- try -- -- number of fronts you look at any pullback and some environmental regulations because he was under -- if there's a balance that's an important piece.
But if you look at the history again on our beat.
Actually certain President Reagan both President Bush is President Clinton they've all had to make recess appointments and cannot be.
It's interesting right that's an important note in history bring to west -- -- the best advocates for workers or what organizations is that you -- now -- -- its government.
Focused you know I think it unions have a really important role to play and that there are there a major part of that and they they are you know they are the employees themselves -- at least they're speaking for themselves they just speak collectively -- our group.
I began on b.'s role is to enforce the laws that we half.
You know that's that's a bad air force you enforce the what was great about that is at the end of the day everybody want.
Boeing got what they wanna they opened the -- in South Carolina the in the union that they want they got a new -- there are creating word did Bo is creating more jobs in Washington -- -- -- -- -- -- ran off sides.
On the if you -- -- happy that they -- -- be stepped onto the position it did at the end of the day the conclusion got the right place.
And you have to leave this is our conclusion Susan thanks again after the -- time.