Remember how, as a candidate, Barack Obama railed against the “special interests.” Well, as president, he’s been beholden to them. Just today, he announced the recess appointment of a radical labor lawyer to the National Labor Relations Board.
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.
This, as Mark Hemingway who wrote the above put 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.”
As Katie Packer of the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) points out, this is a job-killing appointment:
Craig Becker’s nomination is a threat to the economy because he believes small businesses “should have no right to be heard in either a representation case or an unfair labor practices case” meaning “employers have no standing to assert their employees’ right to fair representation.” These are Becker’s own words, which were published in the University of Minnesota Law Review in 1993.
This extreme nominee believes employers should have no “legal standing” in the unionization process of their own workplace. Really? So the AFL-CIO’s Rich Trumka and the SEIU’s Andy Stern should have a voice in the unionization process and the guy who started the business should not? It would be laughable if it weren’t so serious.
So beholden is Obama to the labor unions, a majority of whose members now work for the government, that he’s tapping someone with a decided animus against job creators. And wasn’t it Obama who said somewhere that businesses generate the most net new jobs? Guess my memory’s not serving me well because anyone who recognized the importance of small companies in creating jobs would never appoint such a man to such a position.
For Barack Obama once again, paying back the special interests which helped him win election trumps the national interest.