Skip to comments.U.S. labor machinery frozen by government shutdown
Posted on 10/03/2013 10:38:49 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
The federal government shutdown has begun to paralyze the legal machinery that governs many of the relationships between U.S. employers and workers.
The National Labor Relations Board, which reviews labor disputes and oversees union elections, is down to just 11 employees - with the other 1,600 sent home.
Phones are going unanswered and some websites are frozen because of the shutdown, now in its third day. The NLRB's home page declares it is "currently closed due to a lapse in appropriated funds" and asks visitors to "click here to view our Shutdown Plan."
At the 16,000-employee U.S. Department of Labor, which oversees everything from training veterans to overseeing mine safety to issuing employment reports, only about 3,000 are considered essential and are still working.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify system, which businesses use to screen whether workers have the proper immigration status, is unavailable. Eighty percent of the agency's staff is on furlough.
At the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces the country's workplace discrimination laws, about 100 workers are showing up - out of more than 2,100.
(Excerpt) Read more at in.reuters.com ...
Quite the stretch.
So laborers can’t make widgets without lawyers?
Despite the flurry of horrors the Gov/Press Complex dreams up to scare us with, my reaction has yet to budge an iota beyond a definitive, “Shut ‘r Down!”
Maybe Boeing can open that factory in South Carolina now!
Keep this agency closed long enough and we would need to be concerned about an economic expansionary bubble forming. Can’t have that.
That’s wonderful news!
They don’t enforce immigration laws. Who cares.
Shut it down until grass starts growing in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue.
We’re all gonna die.
11 employees sounds a little low, I would guess the NLRB might actually need 25 employees to operate properly once they reopen to stifle business.
The they had better start pressuring the gatekeeper harry reid... aka “the blocker”!
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