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Hope For Card Check?

It rests on the confirmation of Craig Becker.

5:20 PM, Feb 1, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Tomorrow morning, Craig Becker, who's been nominated to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board, will appear in front of the HELP Committee to testify. Becker is major advocate for card check and is in bed with labor unions. If confirmed by the Senate, his appointment on the NLRB would be a huge advantage for implementing some of the worst features of Obama's labor policy.

Here's the Nation praising Becker's appointment: "The battle over nominations to the NLRB, even more than EFCA, may be what really determines the extent of labor's gains under Obama. Should Obama persevere and see his nominations confirmed, there is reason to believe that much of what organized labor hopes to accomplish via EFCA will be realized through the rule-making power of the NLRB. But White House loyalty to these nominees may never gain sufficient spine unless labor and its progressive allies mobilize to push Congress to finish the confirmation process. Without mobilization, this episode may end up being yet another example of Obama's promises not being realized and hopes going unfulfilled."

After the hearing tomorrow, the Committee is scheduled to vote on Becker on Thursday.

More information on Becker can be found in this memo, "Positions and Excerpts from Craig Becker's Writings," which is currently circulating Capitol Hill:

Supports ending all employer involvement in NLRB election proceedings: “it is as improper for an employer to intervene in the union election process…as it is for one nation…to campaign in the political elections of another.”

Impugns the motives of secret ballot supporters: “[T]he electoral ideal is now cynically exploited by employers who otherwise accord little weight to the principle of majority rule in the workplace.”

Proposes radical departures from 70+ years of labor law precedent – some he believes could be implemented without congressional input or action

  • Making union representation mandatory in workplaces.
  • Discounts any need to police union unfair labor practices.
  • Remove restrictions on using union dues for political activities.
  • Supports activities currently illegal under our labor laws: intermittent strikes; pre-negotiating a contract between unions and employers before employees vote; ban strike replacements; allow secondary boycotts/ targeting of third parties during a labor dispute; expand unions to low-level supervisors; move elections off-site so only pro-union employees vote.

Statements of Bias and/or impugning opponents:

  • Describes Right to Work as a “radical, partisan attack on workers.”  
  • Accuses all critics of teachers’ unions of gender discrimination.
  • Considers union financial transparency requirements unnecessary.

Substantial involvement with ACORN and state coercion in expansion of unions:  “Craig was the key lawyer from the beginning in the early 1980’s who was able to piece together the arguments and representation that allowed those of us involved in trying to organize home health care workers in Illinois, Massachusetts, and elsewhere to beat back the arguments that such workers should be denied NLRA coverage because they were either self-employed or tainted by a co-employer situation where they might be quasi-public employees because they were directly reimbursed. His role was often behind the scenes devising the strategy with the organizer and lawyers, writing the briefs for others to file, and putting all of the pieces together, but he was the go-to-guy on all of this.” -Wade Rathke, disgraced ACORN Chief Organizer and Founder of SEIU 100 and SEIU 880


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