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White House withdraws Craig Becker/NLRB nomination

By Michelle Malkin  •  December 15, 2011 02:57 PM

Under the bus.

The news just hit Twitter: Team Obama is giving up on SEIU legal counsel Craig Becker, who served on the National Labor Relations Board through recess appointment. Withdrawal tweet here. (He had been previously defeated in the Senate on a cloture vote by 52-33.)

You may recall that the radical union attorney was in hot water over conflict-of-interest charges last summer.


In the least surprising news of the week, Craig Becker — Big Labor’s go-to legal expert — has served on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for barely three months, and he’s already under investigation.

Becker lost a bipartisan Senate confirmation vote for the NLRB before Obama gave him a recess appointment. Becker is so pro-union he previously opined that “employers should have no right to be heard” in cases before the NLRB.

Aside from impartiality, the other concern about Becker was that the former associate general counsel for the radical Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and AFL-CIO lawyer would be embroiled with conflicts of interest regarding unions he’s now charged with overseeing.

Sure enough, on June 2, Becker joined in on an NLRB decision involving SEIU Local 1957 and denied St. Barnabas Hospital’s request to review a union election. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa, R-Calif., asked the Inspector General to examiner Becker’s conflict of interest in the matter. An investigation is underway.

I previously reported on Becker’s role in SEIU home invasion power grab schemes — background here and here.

Where will Andy Stern’s “go-to guy” end up next? Place your bets.


Meanwhile, keep your eye on the White House next steps on NLRB nominations. Labor Union Report anticipates more end-runs around the nomination process.

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