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Where is Craig Becker?

A reader sent us a note a few minutes ago with the subject line:  What is Craig Becker doing?

Becker sworn in two days BEFORE Pearce.  To date, 6 decisions have issued.  Pearce is on all 6; Becker on none.  So…is Becker doing heavy lifting on some more important case?



Now, that is an interesting question:   Where is Becker?

Has anyone seen him?

After all of the union hoopla and misleading talking points to get him seated on to the National Labor Relations Board, he’s just sort of…disappeared.

Immediately, our thoughts turned toward the more sinister…

Perhaps Becker’s in some back office at the NLRB rewriting the National Labor Relations Act for his union boss buddies?

Perhaps he is being kept on ice until after the November mid-term elections are over?

Or, perhaps, his union boss buddies have him preoccupied with something else?


When we find out, we’ll let you know.

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Despite Recess Appointment, White House Presses on for NLRB’s Becker

Despite the unilateral recess appointment of SEIU radical Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board last month, the President is continuing to push the Becker issue by nominating Becker again for a full board seat:

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
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For Immediate Release                         April 21, 2010

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate, 4/21/10

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

Craig Becker, of Illinois, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring December 16, 2014, vice Dennis P. Walsh, to which position he was appointed during the last recess of the Senate.
If at first you don’t succeed…

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With or Without EFCA, a Union-Run NLRB Makes Business Jumpy

The job-destroying and hallucinogenically-named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) may have suffered a near-fatal blow with the election of Scott Brown to the Senate in February, but employers are not without concern regarding the impact that a union-friendly administration may have on their businesses.

Unfortunately, with unemployment high and businesses unwilling (or unable) to hire, if President Obama was trying to bring America back from the brink of economic disaster by creating a climate that is ‘pro-business,’ he sure missed the mark with last month’s recess appointment of SEIU lawyer Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board.

To say the new union-run NLRB has the business community concerned is an understatement. As Politico reports:

Republicans and the business community have better-grounded reasons to worry about what will happen at the NLRB, which has a long history of overruling itself when the White House changes parties.

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Union leaders have sought, through the proposed Employee Free Choice Act, to create an alternative method to organizing that would allow workers to sign cards expressing their desire to join a union. Now that Becker is on the board, Isakson is working with colleagues to draft legislation that would make it a federal law — rather than a regulation — to require unions to hold organizing elections.

In an interview, NLRB Chairwoman Wilma Liebman said that at best, the NLRB could tinker around the edges of current organizing rules by expediting union elections. But even that would have to be done through a process called rulemaking, which the board hasn’t exercised in decades.

Liebman spooked the business community last year when she organized staff educational sessions on that process. She told POLITICO that she did that in anticipation of passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, after which the NLRB would be required to write implementation rules.

“Now, it doesn’t look like we will have a labor reform law passed,” she said, referring to the successful GOP filibuster of the legislation.

Still, Johnson is keeping the business community on edge by warning that the NLRB could try to act on its own, even though Liebman, a 12-year board veteran, says it can’t, and that, as chairwoman, she doesn’t intend to move in that direction.

“Rulemaking is not something you snap your fingers and you do. My recommendation is, if we try it, we stick our toe in the water with something small and discreet. Wholesale, radical, sweeping reform,” she said, “is quite unrealistic.”  [Emphasis added.]

Regardless of its smallness or its discreetness, the push to expand unions through regulatory fiat is something that, in this economic climate, causes many businesses to think twice about hiring.  As a result, any momentum an economic recovery could be getting is merely slowed.
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Craig Becker’s New NLRB Page

Craig Becker’s bio page is up on the NLRB’s website.  There’s no picture yet, but here’s the text:

Craig Becker was sworn in as a Board Member on April 05, 2010, following his recess appointment by President Obama.

Craig Becker has served as Associate General Counsel to both the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale College in 1978 and received his J.D. in 1981 from Yale Law School where he was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal. After law school he clerked for the Honorable Donald P. Lay, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. For 28 years, he practiced and taught labor law. He was a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law between 1989 and 1994 and has also taught at the University of Chicago and Georgetown Law Schools. He has published numerous articles on labor and employment law in scholarly journals, including the Harvard Law Review and Chicago Law Review, and has argued labor and employment cases in virtually every federal court of appeals and before the United States Supreme Court.

With Andy Stern leaving the SEIU, all the photo albums must be getting one last teary-eyed look.
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A Hollywood Republican: Craig Becker Is Now the Deciding Vote on the NLRB

Though we did not realize there was such a think as a “Hollywood Republican,” apparently there is at least one and he happened to write a great post about President Obama’s unilateral appointment last weekend of SEIU strong-man Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board in which he closes with this:

I don’t think I’m disturbed as much about Craig Becker as I am about Obama. Becker is a hired gun paid to represent very powerful union bosses. I understand that he believes he should do whatever it takes to push his agenda on behalf of his clients, just as any lawyer would. No, I’m much more concerned about Obama. The American people did not elect a President to exclusively represent union interests. They did not elect Obama to create a fourth branch of government called SEIU. It’s been two months since the State of the Union address in which Obama proclaimed “that’s why we’ve excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs”. Does Obama really think that the American people have a memory of less than 8 weeks? Unbelievable.

You can read the rest of a Hollywood Republican’s post here.
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Humor Warning: Obama Signs Executive Order Granting Unions Religious Status

From our inbox moments ago…

Knowing that, left alone, the title of this post would cause much consternation, we provided the “humor warning” to ensure there is no confusion that this is a spoof*:

Obama Signs Executive Order Granting Unions Religious Status

Newly appointed labor appointee Craig Pecker, sporting a gold fez and holding the spear of destiny, pulled President Obama out of his pocket long enough for him to sign an executive order to grant Labor Unions religious status.

Political experts were shocked at the act but not because it was audacious, insulting, and/or ridiculous. Their confusion came from the fact that Obama had already done this with his first executive order, once inaugurated, over a year ago and just moments before he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize.

Mr. Obama said something about his campaign pledge for transparency and yes we see right through you Mr. President. Mr. Becker allowed interviews but only after a sizable donation and threats of broken arms.



* Note: It has been said that, behind every joke is a grain of truth.

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Recuse Thyself, Mr. Becker…

This is rich, too rich…

On the SEIU’s Craig “Demon Pass” Becker’s potential conflicts of interest, the battle is beginning.

From the Wall Street Journal:

No sooner did President Barack Obama exercise his recess-appointment powers to put labor lawyer Craig Becker into a seat at the National Labor Relations Board than a group that has challenged unions said it will ask Becker to recuse himself from 12 pending cases before the board.

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation said Becker, who has served as counsel for the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO, should not hear cases in which the foundation is providing legal aid to workers, because Becker directly opposed the group while serving as counsel for the SEIU and because his prior writings demonstrate a bias against the group.

“We just don’t think he’s going to be able to impartially adjudicate cases involving the Foundation’s attorneys,” said Nick Cote, a spokesman for the group. He cited several writings, including a 2005 article that Becker co-wrote in the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law in which the foundation is referred to as “funded by the most anti-union fringe of the employer community.” [Emphasis added.]

Given that Becker worked for the SEIU and the AFL-CIO (a federation that consists of 57-individual unions), as well as the fact that Becker is the only known NLRB member to have gone straight from union hack advocate to the NLRB, we are hard-pressed to see where there is not a conflict of interest involving any case that has one of his union bosses as a party.

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