Secondly, the GOP hopes to prevent the NLRB from reaching a quorum by refusing to consider any new appointments. Finally, the GOP is also waging war by introducing bills in congress which are related directly to each NLRB ruling that the GOP considers unnecessary governmental interference into the economy. (St. Louis, Post-Dispatch). Arguably, the GOP's use of the house can itself be construed as government interference in to labor and market forces.
It is clear that the Republican Party has a national strategy and a clearly articulated cohesive national strategy addressing labor and unions. On the other hand, the Democratic Party seems to be represented by individual unions at the state levels and other individual actors and volunteers to uphold labor rights in America. It will be interesting how the conversation changes in the lead up to the 2012 presidential elections. Will the GOP continue to dominate the national conversation about the role of unions in the future of the American labor market? Will the Democratic Party ever articulate a national strategy on par with the GOP and legislate, litigate, and actively fundraise at both the national and state levels? The answer is still remains unclear. It can be said, though, that the unions won't be slinking away silently. Devaney (2011), observes "that exit polling over the past 30 years shows that unionized-white working class men vote Democratic at a rate 20% higher than their non-union counterparts." Even if they are radically disempowered, they remain a very loud constituency- one that both parties must continue to consider when they strategize.
Buhle, P. (2011). Wisconsin's cheese-head revolt. New Politics, 13(3), 27-30. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.
Devaney, T. (2011). House rebukes labor board in effort to check rogue agency. The Washington Times. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.
Devaney, T. (2011). Boeing pact sidesteps NLRB suit. The Washington Times. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.
Dubofsky, M. (1991). The origins of the labor movement in the United States: Themes from the nineteenth century. Pennsylvania History, 58(4), 269-277. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.
This article provides an overview of the origins of labor in the United States. It includes discussion about the history of unions, emergence of strikes, and the changing relationships between the courts, the members, the unions, and the federal agencies.
Green, W. (1940). Should congress curb the powers of the national labor relations board? Pro. Congressional Digest,19(3), 77-80.
The importance of this article lies in the fact t hat it is from the congressional digests of 1940. It illustrates that the conversation about unions and the NLRB are conversations we have been having as nation for multiple generations.
Levi, M. (2003). Organizing power: The prospects for an American labor movement. Perspectives On Politics, 1(1), 45-68. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.
This article provides an in depth look at the future possibilities of the American Labor Movement by tracing, in part, its historical emergence.
Moberg, D. (2011). Wisconsin: From protest to movement. American Prospect, 22(6), 30-34. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.
Schieber, S. (2011). The Fallacy of Union Busting. Washington Monthly, 43(5/6), 30-33.
This article takes on the republican assertions that the unions are expensive and that if states curtail their influence than the public at large would save money. Schieber argues that the problem is not unions but rather the pensions which government continuously borrows from. He reframes the pro and con labor argument to discuss fiscal considerations.
(2011, September 16). Boeing is not the poster child for overregulation. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Syndicated column, including information about national issues such as labor and unions.
National Labor Relations Act, of 1935, 29 U.S.C. § 151 -- 169 (2011). Legal Information Institute. Retrieved from http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/29/151.
The National Labor Relations Act, which has been codified in the United States Code is the principal law which-along with the opinions produced by the federal courts and the NLRB- governs labor disputes in the United States. The Cornell website, which houses the legal information institute, produces digital versions of many of the more important U.S. laws and legal documents.
Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act of 2011, H.R. 2587, 112 Cong. (2011). Retrieved from http://thomas.loc.gov.
The full text of the as yet un-enacted law is available on the website of the Library of Congress. The bill is quite short, it only has three sections, but is useful to note both the content and the specific language in addition to the bills sponsors. The bill was introduced by, among others, the congressional representatives from the state of South Carolina. The same state that had the most to lose if the NLRB continued to prosecute Boeing Corporation for labor violations.
Tavernise, S. (2011, November 08). Ohio turns back a law limiting union's rights. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/09/us/politics/ohio-turns-back-a-law-limiting-unions-rights.html.
Tavernise succinctly covers the bipartisan nature of the ambivalence about the GOP's persecution of unions in Ohio.
The Workforce Democracy Act of 2011, H.R. 3094, 112 Cong. (2011).
The Workforce Democracy Act of 2011 is the proposed law passed in the house on November 30, 2011. The Act
United States.National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), The NLRB Process (2011). NLRB. Retrieved from http://www.nlrb.gov/.
The National Labor Relations Board's website contains extensive information pertaining
to the Board's duties and mission. The site houses a copy of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 and its subsequent amendments, in addition to an explanation of the duties of the NLRB, its dispute resolution process, directions regarding how to file a complaint, and the life cycle of labor law violations.
Zieger, R.H., & Hall, G.J. (2002). American workers, american unions: The twentieth century. (pp. 13-56). Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.
Zieger and Hall catalogue the history of the American Labor Movement by beginning with a frank look at the state of unregulated industry in the first quarter of the twentieth century. They move on to catalogue the rise and fall of the American Labor Movement including the emergence of the strikes, the legal battles, the issue of race…