The Senate on Feb. 9 failed to confirm labor lawyer Craig Becker’s appointment to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), but employer organizations fear it’s only a matter of time before Becker takes his board seat anyway.
President Obama could invoke his Constitutional right to make crucial appointments on his own while Congress is in recess, as it will be next week. Such a recess appointment would leave opponents with no way to keep the pro-union Becker off the NLRB. He would become a member immediately, serving at least until next January.
This may sound like ho-hum, inside-the-Beltway news, but employers fear that an NLRB that includes Becker—currently associate general counsel to the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO—would tilt heavily in favor of unions and against all employers.
Business groups are fighting hard to stop the appointment. Their greatest fear: That workplaces could be ...(register to read more)
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