Expert comment available on NLRB court decision

June 26, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) and Americans for Limited President Nathan Mehrens today in a joint oped published at praised the outcome of a unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court overturning the 2012 false recess appointments by President Barack Obama to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) when Congress was not even in recess.

“With the question of when a recess occurs now settled, the NLRB will be forced to reevaluate decisions it made during the period for which it had no legal quorum. As a result, the Board will likely have less time over the next couple years to interfere in the workings of our economy, and this is a good thing,” wrote Scott and Mehrens in the oped.

The two called on Congress to act on legislation, The Protecting American Jobs Act, that would “move the adjudicatory functions of the NLRB to the U.S. courts and take away the Board’s power to prosecute unfair labor practices.”

As Scott and Mehrens explained, “The NLRB’s actions have been problematic for America’s job creators for too long. The Board, under the National Labor Relations Act, has the power to adjudicate ‘unfair labor practices,’ acting as a type of judiciary for handling issues between employers and labor unions.”

These quasi-judicial proceedings, the oped argues, allow the Board to facilitate the organization of labor unions at the expense of private employers, with the overreaching powers to act as prosecutor, judge, and jury against those companies.

Interview availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 202-744-4427 to arrange an interview with Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens on the Supreme Court’s ruling against the NLRB. Or, to arrange an interview with Rep. Austin Scott, please call 202-225-6531.