By WFI Staff
Recently, much has been made about the fact that the “nuclear option” was averted. To achieve that end, Republicans conceded to votes on a number of executive nominees, but required the National Labor Relations Board nominees – namely Richard Griffin and Sharon Block – be withdrawn as they served on the Board despite being unconstitutionally “recess” appointed.
In turn, President Obama collaborated with his friends and political patrons in Big Labor – American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) President Richard Trumka to be specific – and named Nancy Schiffer (former AFL-CIO counsel) and Kent Hirozawa (aide to the Board’s current chairman).
What we learned afterwards was surprising even for a White House that allows the union bosses to pull the strings. The Huffington Post reported that the President would nominate and actually promote Griffin to the role of general counsel of the so-called independent federal agency.
Griffin – a defendant in a embezzlement and racketeering lawsuit – has virtually no credibility with anyone outside Big Labor. As a boss at the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), he was in the leadership of a union that was overrun by organized crime.
His nomination is a slap in the face to both the business community and remarkably, the acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon. Solomon is the architect of the Boeing complaint, where the NLRB went after aircraft manufacturer Boeing for constructing a billion dollar plant that employed 1,000 employees in the right-to-work state of South Carolina.
It’s hard to image that the White House could do any worse than Solomon, but they found a way. It’s shocking yet not all that surprising.