With a plot full of intrigue, special interests, and morally bankrupt politicians, if this were a movie, 2010 is shaping up to be a blockbuster.
Here’s the plot:
Becker, an associate general counsel to both the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the AFL-CIO, is being treated by business trade groups as someone who could institute parts of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) through executive action if confirmed, a bill favored by unions but opposed by the business community.
Unfortunately, few have explored the potential conflict of interest regarding Becker’s being an employee of both the AFL-CIO and the SEIU, then sitting as a member of the NLRB. As a member of the NLRB, Becker will be hearing disputes between companies and his former employers (a total of approximately 64 unions). Given Mr. Becker’s previously noted biases, it
is impossible for remains highly doubtful whether Mr. Becker can be viewed as anything other than a servant to the union bosses that have kept him employed.
However, with the nationalization of health care hanging by a thread and EFCA all but dead, it appears that union bosses’ billion-plus dollar investment to buy American politics has been reduced to a consolation prize…and a potentially conflicted one at that.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine December 23, 1776
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