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NJECPAC is a Continuing Political Committee (CPC). A CPC is any group of two or more persons acting jointly, or any corporation, partnership, or any other incorporated or unincorporated association, civic association or other organization, which in any calendar year contributes to aid or promote the candidacy of an individual, or the candidacies of individuals, for elective public office, or the passage or defeat of a public question or public questions, lobby for the passage or defeat of certain legislative bills introduced in the NJ Legislature in accordance with N.J.S.A. 19:44A-8(b). A CPC is frequently referred to as Political Action Committee (PAC). The NJECPAC was formed to provide funding for legislative initiatives of its members and its member organizations representing the interests of Electrical Contractors, Small Businesses and Taxpayers throughout the State of New Jersey.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

NJECPAC Supports IEC's Position On NLRB’S New Election Rules


The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate announced they will file a challenge to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new union election rule. The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) supports this legislation and is requesting that Congress move quickly.

“Since its inception, the election rule has been severely flawed,” said IEC National Executive Vice President/CEO Thayer Long. “It was an attempt to fix a system that was not broken. The NLRB’s hastened union election process does not allow workers sufficient time to hear all options and make an informed decision. IEC supports the challenge to this rule.”

Congress has introduced the joint resolution in both chambers. Using the Congressional Review Act, Congress can overturn the NLRB rule with a simple majority vote in each chamber. 

The resolution is sponsored in the Senate by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Michael Enzi (R-WY) and the Senate Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee Ranking Member Johnny Isakson (R-GA), is the lead co-sponsor. In the House by House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) is the sponsor and Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) Representative Phil Gingrey (R-GA) are lead co-sponsors. 

In December, the NLRB has adopted portions of a highly controversial final rule to dramatically speed up the union representation elections. The modified rules that were passed removed some of the limitations of the original proposal that caused uproar among employers and trade associations including IEC; however, they still limited the issues an employer can raise at a hearing as well as the employer's opportunity for appeals.

Experts estimate elections will now shorten to within 14 to 24 days despite the average election takes 38 days and works well for all involved parties. These changes are scheduled to take effect April 30, 2012. Printable Version

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Stimulus Chart Obama Doesn’t Want You to See

The rhetoric about the reduction in unemployment and the success of the stimulus has been all over the charts. The graph below shows the failure of the various stimulus plans put forth by the White House. The next time someone says that Obama created or saved jobs, ask them to name one.  

Three years ago today, President Obama signed his infamous stimulus package into law. In exchange for $1.2 trillion (including interest), liberals said their plan would bring the unemployment rate down to about 6% today. It hasn't fallen below 8% at any point in the last 36 months.

There has been a recent drop, though, which some Democrats claim as proof that their stimulus plan finally worked. But if that’s true, then where are the jobs?

The official unemployment rate doesn't actually count unemployed people who have given up looking for work. The chart below offers another look at the jobs data. It shows the “labor force participation rate,” which represents the share of working-age Americans who are either employed or unemployed but looking for work.

As you can see, only 63.7% of working-age Americans are currently in the workforce. The rate hasn’t been that low in almost 29 years! To put it another way, 36.3% of working-age Americans do not have a job and are not even looking.

Liberals think they can fabricate jobs by growing the government. What we need is to create jobs by growing the economy. That’s why conservatives in the Republican Study Committee are getting behind H.R. 3400, the Jobs Through Growth Act.

It ramps up energy production. It fights back against regulation-gone-wild. And it allows you to throw out the old tax code for one that’s simpler, flatter, and fairer.

The past three years have made clear what doesn't work. Let’s go with what does.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Employer Meetings Next Targets Of NLRB?

The last NLRB decision of 2011 was easily overlooked in the outrage over Obama’s unconstitutional Board appointments. However, there are powerful clues buried in 2 Sisters Food Group on what to expect from the NLRB in the coming year.

The 2 Sisters decision itself was a no-brainer, the company was found to have illegally terminated a leader of the unionization effort. A finding of illegal termination is generally enough alone to overturn a close election. However the bulk of what Members Becker and Pearce wrote on 2 Sisters considered issues that had no bearing on their decision to overturn. According to Lexology, both the inclusion of these extraneous issues in the UFCW’s complaint and the Board’s unwarranted attention to them serve as ominous signs for 2012. Read More

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