Obama, ever focusing “laser-like” on creating jobs for Americans, announced a recess appointment who seems to be someone who will do everything but;
Washington (CNN) — President Obama announced Saturday that he will make recess appointments of 15 nominees to administration posts who are awaiting confirmation by the full Senate.
“The United States Senate has the responsibility to approve or disapprove of my nominees,” Obama said in a written statement that also named the 15 individuals. “But if, in the interest of scoring political points, Republicans in the Senate refuse to exercise that responsibility, I must act in the interest of the American people and exercise my authority to fill these positions on an interim basis.”
One of the more hotly contested choices is Craig Becker, one of Obama’s nominees to the Federal Labor Relations Board. On Thursday, all 41 Republican senators signed a letter urging the president not to use the recess appointment to place Becker on the board, which oversees relations between unions and employers.
Becker’s appointment was effectively blocked in February by the Republican senators, along with two Democrats.
Again, a bi-partisan effort against Obama’s destructive agenda is ignored.
Who is Craig Becker? He’s Andy Stern’s go-to guy; [all emphasis mine]
Arlen Specter’s party switch has renewed the debate over the legislative prospects for “card check,” which would effectively eliminate secret ballots in union organizing elections. But Big Labor might not even need card check if Craig Becker has his way.
Mr. Becker is one of two recent National Labor Relations Board appointments by President Obama. The five-member NLRB supervises union elections, investigates labor practices and, most important, issues rulings that interpret the National Labor Relations Act. Mr. Becker, who is currently the associate general counsel at Andy Stern’s Service Employees International Union, is all for giving unions more power over companies in elections. Only he’s not sure he needs to wait for Congress.
What does the National Labor Relations Board do, and how will Becker’s appointment affect outcomes of disputes between Big Labor and the private sector?
According to the NLRB site;
The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1935 to administer the National Labor Relations Act, the primary law governing relations between unions and employers in the private sector. The statute guarantees the right of employees to organize and to bargain collectively with their employers, and to engage in other protected concerted activity with or without a union, or to refrain from all such activity.
Currently, the board (a five member body) has had one Democrat and one Republican deciding issues over the last two years;
Obama’s decision installs Becker and Democratic union lawyer Mark Pearce at NLRB, a five-member body that has operated with only two members for more than two years. The Democrat and Republican on the board have decided more than 580 cases, but the Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday to determine whether those decisions are valid.
Now make that one Democrat, one Republican, and two (at least) union hacks.
Any guesses as to how the board will “independently govern relations between unions and employers” in the very near future?