Chamber launches radio ads against NLRB, Labor Dept.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a radio ad campaign Monday against the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Labor Department for what they call burdensome regulations.

The Chamber is running the ads in four states -- Florida, Missouri, Montana, and Virginia. The campaign comes as the House plans to vote this week on legislation that will prohibit the labor board from requiring a company to relocate its employment.

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“When Congress failed to pass the card-check bill, we knew it was only a matter of time before the administration began using the regulatory process to tilt the playing field in organized labor’s favor,” said Randy Johnson, the Chamber’s senior vice president of labor, immigration, and employee benefits, in a statement. “Washington’s focus should be on economic growth and job creation.”

“Card-check” refers to the Employee Free Choice Act, which would have eased union organizing but failed to pass during the last Congress. 

The radio ad features a man and a woman talking about the struggling economy and criticizing the federal government for proposing regulations that will favor unions.

“It’s an outrage that these guys are still more interested helping unions instead of helping people. Rather than creating jobs and getting spending under control, they’re cleverly writing rules to give unions more power, making it harder for American businesses to create jobs,” says the woman in the ad.

“What? Favors to unions over jobs? Shocking,” responds the man.

The ad finishes with the woman telling the man the phone number for the Capitol’s switchboard and him saying that he will call Congress right now.

Several proposed regulations from the NLRB and Labor have been met with heavy resistance from business groups and Republican lawmakers this year. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), is in response to the labor board’s April 20 complaint against Boeing for allegedly retaliating against union workers.

Another two business groups, the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Federation of Independent Business, launched a radio ad campaign last week similar to the Chamber's that urged lawmakers to support Scott’s bill.