Last updated on 2013.03.19
Ruh-roh, Raggy! Congresswoman Kristi Noem is taking the spreading war on worker rights to the reservation. Under the guise of standing for tribal sovereignty, Rep. Noem is introducing legislation to repeal National Labor Relations Board jurisdiction over tribally owned businesses and reservations:
"As a matter of sovereignty, the tribes don't need big labor meddling in their affairs," said Rep. Noem. "By removing this ambiguity in the law we can promote economic development on tribal land because businesses, large and small, need more certainty before they can grow" [Rep. Kristi Noem, press release, 2011.06.23].
Meddling... isn't that the word the bad guys always use to describe Scooby Doo and the gang's efforts to do justice? Don't let the hair fool you: Kristi is most definitely not Shaggy in this case.