Opposing the Nominee to the National Labor Relations Board

By October 20, 2009Labor Unions

The National Association of Manufacturers today sent a letter to the members of the Senate Committee on Heath, Education, Labor, and Pensions opposing the confirmation of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board. The HELP Committee has scheduled an executive session to mark up the three NLRB nominees at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and Becker’s nomination is the only one that the NAM is weighing in on.

The NAM’s letter, available here, clearly states the reasons for opposition: Becker, a former associate counsel for the SEIU, has expressed support for policies that would rob employers of the ability to managetheir own businesses. His writings suggest a desire to misuse the NLRB’s authority to implement such fundamental policy changes as the Employee Free Choice Act.

Efforts to delve further into Becker’s views have been thwarted by the lack of confirmation hearing before the HELP Committee. For such an important position, the accountability that accompanies a hearing is essential.

The NAM also joined 22 other trade associations in the signing of a joint letter in opposition to Becker’s confirmation.

In an unusual step from across the Capitol, Rep. John Kline (R-MN), the ranking member of the House Education and Labor Committee, called on Senate Democratic leaders to not move forward on Becker’s confirmation without a hearing. From Kline’s news release:

When questions remain unanswered about a nominee’s intentions and disposition, it is the duty of the Senate’s Democratic leaders to allow for – and guarantee – a full and complete examination. Given the potential consequences for workers and employers, Mr. Becker’s nomination should not proceed without a full hearing and a rigorous public vetting process.

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