National Labor Relations Board

Role of National Labor Relations Board
The entire role of the NLRB is to track where labor is being utilized–and where workers are not finding jobs.  (This board is the most like the current Labor Department, though the new Board’s findings and notices will be more actively influential than the current Board.  That is, the new NLRB tracks what industries are surfeited with applicants, and what industries (or locales) are in need.  This is solely for the use of the Industrial Congress in determining capacity.  (Similar, but much slower tracking is made in the current economy, particularly for signaling the education community on needed skills.)   Thus if there are insufficient workers interested in agriculture, food priorities would presumably be at risk, so in negotiations in councils across categories, other labor use would have to shift, and priorities of goods and services overall be adjusted.

Although all goods and services, and all arenas within those considered priorities absolute commitments are made by the Industrial Congress, particular arenas may, from time to time, take on a triaged, higher priority than others.  In that sense, the order in which the suggested priorities are listed (in essay The Bare Bones Concept) might suggest ultimate priorities.

But suppose Climate Warming and the incessant “destructive weather events” were to increase to a degree to make normal commerce entirely dysfunctional–as along the US east coast following Hurricane Sandy–labor priorities would be triaged at once.  Cost would not be a consideration, but maintaining critical minimal services in the other arenas would certainly be a consideration.  These adjustments in both use of labor and availability of consumer goods were taken as a matter of course in England and the US during WW II.

Similarly, the prevention of increasing weather events is currently a high priority, as I write, but is compromised in many instances by cost considerations.   (Fracking, as a means to energy sufficiency, for instance, is not held accountable for its environmental costs, which are not measured in the “valuing medium of exchange.”)   In a resource-based economy, common health or survival issues–including obesity, by the way, can readily be addressed within a published “Risk Evaluation” rating system provided by the Science community.  The shift of goods and services requested and the labor to deliver them can then be accommodated by a willing decrease in leisure or luxury goods and services, and the Labor Relations Board will be a great resource for indicating where available skills are being used otherwise.

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