On June 16, the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace and several other employer organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court requesting review of the Washington Supreme Court’s recent decision in Glacier Northwest, which stated that the National Labor Relations Board preempts state tort suits, allowing unions and their supporters to intentionally destroy an employer’s property while claiming to be engaged in protected concerted activity.
The brief states that the decision “leaves employers without a remedy for the intentional destruction of their private property” and “encourages the intentional destruction of employer property.” The brief also states that the decision “upsets the balance of power in labor disputes in favor of unions willing to engage in lawless acts and against law-abiding businesses,” and will result in harm to local communities and workers. The CDW and the other organizations argued that the Washington ruling conflicts with past U.S. Supreme Court precedents and rulings issued by multiple federal circuits and state high courts.
CDW has put together a grassroots portal for members to reach out to Congress and urge the NLRB and general counsel against such changes to federal labor law. The portal includes information on some of the NLRB’s most radical policy efforts as well as an already drafted letter to send to members of Congress.