CWA: Card Check is ‘Virtually Impossible,” So We Need NLRB

By February 3, 2010Labor Unions

The Communications Workers of America sent out an e-mail alert directed to membership Tuesday, “CWA Pushes to Fill NLRB.” It’s a revealing discussion of the politics and lobbying surrounding the nomination of SEIU associate counsel Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board.

The CWA tells its members:

  • “It’s all hands on deck as we plan to push this week for a Senate committee to move on President Obama’s nominations to the National Labor Relations Board.”
  • “The NRLB is a critical institution when it comes to protecting workers’ rights – especially since the loss of a Senate seat in Massachusetts makes passage of the Employee Free Choice Act virtually impossible.”
  • “The GOP is threatening a filibuster and we can only be sure of 60 votes if we hold the vote before Brown is sworn in on February 11.”
  • “The HELP Committee is tentatively scheduled to take up Becker’s nomination this Tuesday and vote on Thursday. Then Sen. Reid has to schedule a cloture vote Friday.”
  • “CWAers are asking their Senators to urge Senator Reid to stick to this schedule and vote for cloture. This is the only way we can have a 2-1 Democratic majority on the NLRB.”

Short version: We need Becker on the NLRB because we can’t pass the Employee Free Choice Act, and we can’t confirm him if Sen. Brown from Massachusetts is seated, so let’s make sure the Senate rushes through the confirmation vote.

We’ve put the entire portion of the e-mail alert below in the extended entry.CWA Pushes to Fill NLRB

It’s all hands on deck as we plan to push this week for a Senate committee to move on President Obama’s nominations to the National Labor Relations Board. President Obama has nominated three people to the NLRB – Democrats Craig Becker and Mark Gaston Pearce and Republican Brian Hayes. (By law, the sitting president appoints three members from his party and two members from the opposition party; currently, one Democrat and one Republican sit on the board and there are three vacancies.)

The NRLB is a critical institution when it comes to protecting workers’ rights – especially since the loss of a Senate seat in Massachusetts makes passage of the Employee Free Choice Act virtually impossible.

But Republicans have pushed back against President Obama’s efforts to fill the NLRB. In particular, Republicans – and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – have pledged to oppose the nomination of Becker, who is the associate general counsel of SEIU. The GOP is threatening a filibuster and we can only be sure of 60 votes if we hold the vote before Brown is sworn in on February 11.

But first, Becker’s nomination needs to clear the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. A “hold” by John McCain through the 2009 session of the Senate forced the White House to resubmit the Becker nomination. The HELP Committee is tentatively scheduled to take up Becker’s nomination this Tuesday and vote on Thursday. Then Sen. Reid has to schedule a cloture vote Friday. CWAers are asking their Senators to urge Senator Reid to stick to this schedule and vote for cloture. This is the only way we can have a 2-1 Democratic majority on the NLRB.

 

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