Seemingly without regard for the appearance of, and in further evidence of, unapologetic bias in favor of organized labor, the Atlanta Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) this week indicated its intent to reduce a previously agreed to settlement figure of over $13 million against the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). The issue arose with the union being found guilty of a host of unfair labor practices (ULP) during the course of a year-long strike against an Alabama coal company. The settlement calculation of $13.3 million included estimated consequential damages to cover economic losses suffered by the company as well as injuries caused by the union ULPs. The union appealed the agreed-upon settlement when the estimated calculation came out to over $13 million owed the company! In response to the union appeal, the regional office recalculated the award and reduced it by almost 97 per cent to a paltry $425,000! Elections do indeed have consequences!