This really isn’t a big surprise, as Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis hinted it was coming. But President Obama has given Craig Becker, a former top attorney for the SEIU and AFL-CIO, a recess appointment to the National Labor Relations Board.
Becker’s nomination was held-up on a bipartisan vote by the Senate last month, with two Democrats crossing the aisle to oppose his nomination. Essentially, the argument against Becker is that he’s far too radical.
Back when he was a law professor, Becker wrote paper for the Minnesota Law Review where he outlined a specific plan for dramatically remaking regulatory landscape on labor issues via the National Labor Relations Board.
And as a lawyer, Becker once argued that “employers should have no right to be heard in either a representation case or an unfair labor practice case” that comes before the NLRB. Lately, Becker has been a staunch advocate of card check legislation which would eliminate secret ballots in union elections.
There’s no compelling reason for such a radical advocate to be given such an important post. Aside from the problem of the fox guarding the hen house, it just reeks of political payback. Unions spent $400 million getting Democrats elected in 2008 and now Obama’s going to stack the deck in their favor, killing jobs and sticking it to the taxpayer in the process.
For more on what Becker’s recess appointment means, see this op-ed by Katie Packer of the Workforce Fairness Institute.