Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) Will Vote Against Cloture on Becker

By February 9, 2010General, Labor Unions

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) on Monday became the first Democrat to announce his intention of voting against cloture on the nomination of SEIU associate counsel Craig Becker to serve on the National Labor Relations Board.

The vote is now tentatively scheduled for 5 p.m. today.

From Sen. Nelson’s statement:

Mr. Becker’s previous statements strongly indicate that he would take an aggressive personal agenda to the NLRB, and that he would pursue a personal agenda there, rather than that of the Administration,” said Senator Nelson. “This is of great concern, considering that the Board’s main responsibility is to resolve labor disputes with an even and impartial hand. In addition, the nominee’s statements fly in the face of Nebraska’s Right to Work laws, which have been credited in part with our excellent business climate that has attracted employers and many good jobs to Nebraska. Considering these matters, I will oppose the upcoming cloture motion and the nomination.

Sam Stein at The Huffington Post reports an unhappy reaction from the AFL-CIO, which has also employed Becker as an attorney.

“It’s a shame and a disappointment that Senator Nelson is willing to continue to leave working families without a fully staffed NLRB,” said Eddie Vale, a spokesman for the AFL-CIO. “Becker is an eminently qualified nominee. Its pretty confusing and circular logic that Nelson contends he wouldn’t represent the administration’s agenda, when he was nominated by the administration, twice.”

It really doesn’t matter whose agenda it is that Becker would push, it’s the agenda itself. Becker is on record saying he does not believe employers have any role to play when unions attempt to organize their workplace, even to the point of preventing business owners from exercising their rights of free speech.

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