Business opposed to recess appointment of AFL-CIO attorney

March 26, 2010

By Kevin Bogardus – THE HILL

Business associations and unions are preparing for a possible recess appointment by the White House of a controversial nominee to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Craig Becker, an associate general counsel to both the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and AFL-CIO, was nominated by President Barack Obama to the NLRB but failed this February to secure 60 votes in the Senate for confirmation. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others lobbied heavily against Becker, believing he would tilt the labor board too much in favor of unions.

Labor groups have since called on Obama to make a recess appointment of Becker in order to get a fully functioning board in place.

The NLRB, which judges labor law violations and oversees union elections, only has two members in position now.

The White House passed on making a recess appointment during the Presidents Day congressional recess. But with the Easter break fast approaching, both sides are reiterating their requests for what to do next on Becker.

The Obama administration has hinted at a recess appointment for Becker in the past. Earlier this month, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said the labor movement would be “very pleased” with how the flare-up is resolved, according to press reports.

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