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House OKs Bill to Keep Government Out of Business Location Decisions

Posted on September 15, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a bill supported by AIM that would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from dictating where a private business can and cannot locate jobs in the United States.

Protecting Jobs from Government InterventionThe Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act (HR 2587) passed the Republican-controlled House by a margin of 238 to 186. No member of the Massachusetts House delegation voted in favor the measure, which now faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

Passage of the bill comes four months after the NLRB filed a complaint against The Boeing Company for creating work in South Carolina and demanded that the work be transferred to Puget Sound, Washington. If successful, the NLRB’s action may destroy an estimated 1,000 South Carolina jobs and have a chilling effect on job creators across the country.

AIM urged Congress to approve the Protecting Jobs Act to blunt the “all-out attack on business” being mounted by the NLRB and the U.S. Department of Labor. That offensive includes measures to limit the time employers have to respond to union organizing elections, a “gag rule” that would require employers to disclose when they use labor consultants, and reversing decades of established law by permitting micro-unions.

“No government board should have the authority to tell a private employer where it can run a business” said Minnesota Republican Representative John Kline, chair of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

AIM President Richard C. Lord praised the House for passing the bill and urged the Senate to follow suit. He called the measure a no-cost bill that will begin to restore job creators’ confidence, stimulate hiring and getting our economy headed in the right direction.