Last week,NAM’s Shopfloor blog and others questioned why the National Labor Relations Board was promoting unionization via ads on Google. Late on Friday, the NLRB issued a statement clarifying that it had not paid for the ads and that it was discontinuing their use.
On the heels of last week’s letter seeking information from the NLRB about its budget claims in the wake of the debate over H.R. 1, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce has now sent a letter requesting information about the agency’s Google ads. In a letter to NLRB Chairman Wilma Liebman dated March 4, 2011, Committee Chairman Rep. John Kline (R-MN) asserts:
To protect employees’ rights under the NLRA, the NLRB must maintain a neutral position between unions, employees, and employers.
The letter then requests the following information be produced by March 18th:
1. All documents and communications relating to Google advertisements.
2. All documents and communications relating to the NLRB’s advertising strategy and goals.
3. Itemized list of all advertising disbursements.
More resources and commentary:
- "Fact Check: Google Ads" – National Labor Relations Board website
- "House Committee Asks For Information on NLRB’s Google Ads" – NAM Shopfloor blog
- "Union-Controlled NLRB Suddenly Pulls Google Ads on ‘How to Start a Union’" – BigGovernment
- "NLRB [Not] Running Google Ads" – LawMemo
- "Google’s Union Spirit" – Ben Smith on Politico SMQW3UWSKYUF