Today President Obama formally withdrew the nomination of union lawyer Craig Becker to sit on the National Labor Relations Board.
Becker’s radical, pro-Big Labor views made his confirmation by the Senate virtually impossible. So, instead, President Obama used his power to recess appoint to temporarily seat Becker on the NLRB.
Administration officials figured this end-run around the democratic process was the only way a union boss crony was going to get a seat on the board.
During his time on the NLRB, Becker did all he could to ensure his union boss friends got their way. Finally, his tenure is at an end and Obama finally bowed to reality. From micro-units to “ambush elections,” Becker did all he could to force unionization on workers and straddle small businesses with unnecessary burdens.
Still, President Obama just nominated two Big Labor favorites to fill vacancies on the board: Sharon Block, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs at the Department of Labor and Richard Griffin, General Counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) and a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee board of directors.
The damage Becker has inflicted on America’s workplace remains. The NLRB is still filled with union boss friends pushing Big Labor’s agenda. While union bosses lost an ally on the NLRB, the fight for workforce fairness continues.