Latest PJ Media Column (‘Regulatory Tyranny Flies Under the Radar’) Is Up (UPDATE: OSHA Targeting Non-Union Auto Industry in the South)
I will post it here at BizzyBlog on Sunday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.
UPDATE: Just five hours after the column went to print, an email from NetRightDaily reported that OSHA is deliberately targeting nonunion auto products manufacturers in the Southeast … with union representatives tagging along —
Is OSHA trying to unionize southern auto parts manufacturers?
… The heightened targeting in the southeast comes on the heels of a special “Regional Emphasis Program to reduce workplace exposures to safety hazards associated in the Auto Parts Supplier Industry” ordered by the agency on January 15.
These three states alone, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, although they make up just 9.7 percent of auto parts manufacturers, already constitute 26 percent of OSHA inspections for that industry group.
… Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) is furious about the targeted discrimination in her home state of Alabama. In a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Roby wrote, “Absent a compelling rationale grounded in fact, OSHA’s targeted enforcement tactics become susceptible to charges that they are at best arbitrary, and at worst discriminatory.”
Roby also complained about a new Labor rule that allows union organizers to tag along OSHA inspections in non-union shops, raising the specter that union bosses may now be directing the agency’s targeting.
When coupled with the regional targeting in the southeast, it begins to look a lot like OSHA is attempting to unionize southern auto parts manufacturers that are beating Detroit on price by keeping labor costs low.
But regardless of the motivation of the targeting, it appears these factories have been the targets of a pattern of discrimination by the agency, raising significant constitutional due process concerns.
Due process? Little people apparently don’t get that in Tom Perez’s Department of Labor.