Unions using non-union-made inflatable rats to intimidate non-union businesses

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Many of you have probably seen one of these large inflatable rats at some businesses or construction sites. I’ve seen one of these 16-foot mega rodents in my area, they are pretty hard to miss:

The rat

They are a method of intimidation meant to shame a non-union business or company using non-union workers or paying lower than union wages. However, according to union expert Labor Union Report via a tweet on twitter, those “rats” are not made by union workers. Oh, the hypocrisy.

And if that’s not enough, consider the National Labor Relations Board’s painful-to-watch attacks on America’s right to work. Whether it’s setting up these giant inflatable rats, passing regulations as punishments against businesses, or trying to skip the appointment process in order to get radical partisans on the board, the current NLRB has shown no shame in promoting Big Labor’s agenda.

The 5- member NLRB has ruled that the rats are allowed as a protest tactic and are not coercive. Members Craig Becker and Mark Pearce along with chairman Wilma Liebman stated the rats are not confrontational, as is picketing.

But in the opinion of one former board chairman, Peter Schaumber:

“The board is taking startlingly aggressive positions aimed at augmenting union power,”

Last week on Capitol Hill before the House Education and Workforce Committee an Indiana businessman testified tactics used by SEIU members against his business in 2005 were “ruthless” and cost him $1 million and a four-year battle. The hearing was called in part because of the clash between a new Boeing plant in South Carolina and the NLRB. The NLRB is now dominated by Obama appointees.

Committee Chairman Rep. John Kline (R-MN) had this to say in the Daily Caller:

“Typically, when it’s a Republican administration, Democrats claim that workers’ rights are being denied, When it’s a Democrat’s administration, Republicans [do similar things.] When it’s a Republican administration, Democrats call for hearings on board members and I’ve complained about it. And, now, with this administration, I think we have an outrageous overreach of the Board.”

The following question was asked in a national survey:

Which possibility concerns you more: the federal government has too few regulations to hold private businesses accountable, or that the federal government has too many regulations that hurt the economy?

Those advocating for bigger government and more regulations will be dismayed at the results: clearly the majority are more concerned about the latter. By a margin of 55 to 36 per cent.

Wonder if the unions are using non-union workers to blow up those non-union-made rats to protest the non-union businesses.

Related articles: “War of the Worlds”: Boeing v. NLRB

Lawyers say unions using NLRB to bully employers.

Feds say unions have legal right to display giant rats.

NRLB actions hurt Michigan.

Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks

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nessa
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June 2, 2011 5:58 pm

The 5- member NLRB has ruled that the rats are allowed as a protest tactic and are not coercive.

Sounds like we need to fill DC streets with non-union inflatable rats.

lineholder
June 4, 2011 1:05 pm

LIO, I love seeing poll results like the one you’ve posted. It provides solid evidence that the big-government agenda is being rejected. Yaaaahhhoooo!! The Unions have become corrupt through and through, using symbols such as Scabby the Rat to try to intimidate and shame businesses into conforming to Union demands and manipulating what power it has via entities such as the NLRB. If recent polls are any indication of the mindset of the general public, we’re now reaching the point that businesses that stand up to Unions are more likely to receive the support of the general public than businesses… Read more »