NLRB vs. Arizona, South Dakota

By Chris Woodward/

A labor policy expert is blasting the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for filing lawsuits over secret ballot legislation.

The legal complaints were made in Arizona and South Dakota, states that require workers to hold secret ballot elections before a company can be unionized. But Trey Kovacs of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) calls the lawsuits “frivolous.”

“There’s no statute that says you can’t have secret ballot elections,” he points out.

That includes the NLRB’s claim that the amendments conflict with federal law, which gives employers the option to recognize a union if a majority of workers sign cards.