Union takes aim at McConnell's fight against NLRB appointments in online ad campaign

There are two vacancies on the five-member agency, and another member's term will expire in August.

The CWA warns that the NLRB will cease to function in late August if Senate Democrats fail to overcome "Republican obstructionism" that's aimed at preventing the confirmation of the agency's appointees. Without a fully functioning NLRB, the telecommunications union says workers will be without the "sole protector" of their rights to speak freely about their working conditions online without fearing repercussions.

In recent cases filed to the agency, the NLRB has said people's right to communicate about their working conditions online is protected by law.

The CWA's search ads against McConnell will run on Google's search engine. The ads will include messages such as: "Don't Be Muzzled. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE's silencing speech. Show him you'll fight back." 

A spokesman for McConnell did not respond to a request for comment about the search ad campaign.

People who click on the anti-McConnell ads will be directed to a website where they can sign an online petition that calls on McConnell to allow a vote on the nominees.

A CWA spokesman declined to comment on how much the union is spending on the ad campaign.