President Obama Delivers Payback To Big Labor

The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today released the following statement in response to President Obama recess appointing Richard Griffin and Sharon Block to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB):

“President Obama’s recess appointments of Richard Griffin and Sharon Block to the National Labor Relations Board are an incredible giveaway to Big Labor.  This White House has demonstrated beyond question that it places greater importance on paying back union bosses than creating jobs and turning around the economy,” said Fred Wszolek, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI).  “What is particularly galling is that the nominations of Griffin and Block are just days old, and in spite of that, Obama has engaged in a power grab that is constitutionally suspect.  Obama’s recess appointments of Griffin and Block go against statements made by his own vice president and Department of Justice and are another reminder that this administration takes its direction from labor bosses not American workers and small businesses.”

BACKGROUND:

Obama Recess Appoints NLRB Nominees:

“It isn’t just Richard Cordray.  Obama is also set to use recess appointments to install his picks to the National Labor Relations Board, according to White House officials and others familiar with ongoing discussions.  The move, which is arguably as important as the Cordray appointment, will ratchet up opposition from Republicans and make this an even bigger fight, since they have been attacking the NLRB regularly for its moves to streamline union elections and inform workers of their rights.  Obama is set to appoint Sharon Block, Terence Flynn, and Richard Grifin to the board — something unions have made a big priority for them in the new year.” (Greg Sargent, “Breaking: Obama Also Set To Make Recess Appointments To The NLRB,” The Washington Post, 1/4/12)

NLRB Nominees Nominated In December 2011:

President Obama Announced The Nominations Of Richard Griffin & Sharon Block To The NLRB On December 14, 2011. (Press Release, “President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts,” The White House, 12/14/11)

In 2005, Senator Biden Questioned Recess Appointments:

“‘As I said, we don’t work for the president.  And no president is entitled to the appointment of anyone he nominates.  No president is entitled by the mere fact he has nominated someone.  That’s why they wrote the Constitution the way they did: It says ‘advice and consent.’” (Senator Joe Biden, Committee On Foreign Relations, 5/12/05)

Obama Deputy Solicitor General Questions Legality Of Recess Appointments:

“When President Obama’s Department of Justice (DOJ) defends Obama’s ‘recess appointment’ – made today after the Senate adjourned yesterday – his lawyers will have to argue against the position they took on recess appointments last year, during a Supreme Court hearing.  Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal told Chief Justice John Roberts that ‘the [congressional] recess has to be longer than 3 days’ for the president to have the power to make a recess appointment, recalls House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, while criticizing Obama’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.” (Jowl Gehrke, “Obama’s DOJ Says ‘Recess’ Appointment Illegal,” Washington Examiner, 1/4/12)

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