President Obama in late March announced the recess appointments of attorneys Craig Becker and Mark Gaston Pearce to fill two vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), breaking a more than two-year-old logjam in which the NLRB consisted of only two members.
While the new members may speed up the board's work, critics say Becker's appointment in particular will tip the NLRB’s balance to heavily favor unions instead of employers. Before joining the NLRB, Becker was associate general counsel to the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO.
Becker has been a lightning rod for criticism ever since President Obama first nominated him to join the NLRB in April 2009. The Wall Street Journal called him “labor’s secret weapon.”
He was opposed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and other pro-business organizations that testified against him in Senate hearings earlier this y...(register to read more)
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