Labor Irate

By February 3, 2010Labor Unions

Sam Stein at The Huffington Post reports irritation, recriminations and dyspepsic e-mails coming from organized labor over the now-likely seating of new Senator Scott Brown from Massachusetts in time to vote on the cloture motion on confirming Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board.

From “Labor Steaming Over Scott Brown’s Early Seating“:

The labor community is fuming over the expedited plan to seat Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-Mass) this Thursday afternoon, arguing that Democratic leadership is torpedoing one of its most important causes — the nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board.

Caterwauling, too. There’s caterwauling.

Organized labor has elevated the importance of Becker’s nomination, logically viewing him as their man on the NLRB. This afternoon, in an e-mail to Senate staff, the SEIU declared, “This is the highest priority for organized labor…”

We note this background paragraph in Stein’s story:

An associate general counsel for the Service Employees International Union since 1990 and previously counsel for the AFL-CIO, Becker was targeted immediately by GOP lawmakers for being too sympathetic to labor for a post at the NLRB. The White House urged unions not to launch a public campaign around his appointment, arguing that it would pass Congress via an “inside game,” a source working on the process told the Huffington Post.

Was he targeted immediately? We don’t recall that. But if so, perhaps it’s because Becker wrote one of the Obama’s Administration’s first executive orders to slant federal regs toward organized labor.

The Senate HELP Committee’s markup of Becker’s nomination is 10 a.m. Thursday.

And, hey, a new HELP Committee website! Looks nice, with better navigation. Now if Senate Budget could just spruce up its pages.

UPDATE We have yet to see any reliable reporting that Brown is motivated to be sworn in this week because of the upcoming cloture vote on Becker. It’s assumed or unnamed sources are cited. He’s the elected Senator from Massachusetts. Why wouldn’t he want to be sworn in as soon as his election is certified?

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