NLRB Passes Union Election Speed-Up Rule

By: Thursday December 1, 2011 2:34 pm

I forgot to circle back around to this. In my story yesterday on the settlement in the Boeing/NLRB dispute, I mentioned that the NLRB planned a vote on a scaled-back proposal to speed up union elections and reduce the endless delays and intimidation that has characterized how management handles them. There was some question as [...]

President Announces Fifteen Recess Appointments, Including Craig Becker

By: Saturday March 27, 2010 1:12 pm

The President today announced recess appointments for fifteen nominees who have been waiting for confirmation in the Senate for an average of 214 days. Included in those nominees are two members of the National Labor Relations Board, which has been non-functional without a quorum for over two years. Craig Becker and Mark Pearce, two Democratic [...]

GOP Warns Obama: Don’t Make Recess Appointments, Or… Or….

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 8:44 am

We learned a little bit in the health care debate about “credible threats.” Progressives weren’t willing to make a credible threat to walk away from health care reform, and anti-choice groups and Blue Dogs were. That’s why the law tilted away from progressives at the end. Here’s another example of a threat that isn’t credible, [...]

Harkin: Craig Becker To Get Recess Appointment

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 9:01 am

Earlier this month, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis intimated that Craig Becker, a nominee for the currently non-functioning National Labor Relations Board, would get a recess appointment to the body. Now Tom Harkin is saying the same thing, telling CQ “It’s going to happen” during the Easter recess, set to begin March 26, or whenever the [...]

Business Tries To Fake Support For NLRB Nominees, Labor Still Fighting For Craig Becker

By: Wednesday February 17, 2010 11:42 am

This was a nice try by the business front group the Workforce Fairness Institute: A business group urged lawmakers to vote on other nominees for spots on a labor board after the Senate rejected a third, controversial nominee last week. The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) pledged not to mobilize supporters against the one Republican and [...]

End Of The Line For The Excise Tax?

By: Tuesday February 16, 2010 8:38 am

The White House’s announcement that they would present an actual piece of legislation in advance of the bipartisan health care summit has led to a refocus back to the more contested elements of the bill. If this document really represents a compromise between the House and Senate bills, it could provide answers on items like [...]

Trumka Demands Recess Appointments For Becker, NLRB Nominees

By: Friday February 12, 2010 12:55 pm

Richard Trumka, the President of the AFL-CIO, just posted a vow to bombard the White House with calls, demanding recess appointments for key nominees to get the National Labor Relations Board working again. In contrast to reports that labor was staying muted during this fight, Trumka called the deal in the Senate last night to [...]

Labor Not Thrilled By Obama “Win” On Appointments

By: Friday February 12, 2010 9:13 am

A spokesman for the leading labor federation, the AFL-CIO, tells FDL News that Craig Becker’s recess appointment needs to be done “as soon as possible,” contradicting President Obama’s vow not to use the measure to appoint Becker for a seat on the National Labor Relations Board. President Obama’s showdown with Senate Republicans yielded 27 confirmations [...]

Obama Gets 27 Nominees Confirmed, Reserves Right To Use Recess Appointments

By: Friday February 12, 2010 6:34 am

Depending on your perspective, the President either won a showdown last night or put into reserve a tool he should be using. The Senate confirmed a huge group of administration nominees on Thursday, following a tense exchange between President Barack Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). At a White House meeting with bipartisan [...]

Recess Appointments: “It’s Now Up To The President”

By: Thursday February 11, 2010 9:30 am

I asked a Senate leadership aide about Harry Reid’s comments about how the President ought to recess appoint all his nominees being held up by Senate Republican obstruction. Basically, the Majority Leader’s take is that he fully supports recess appointments, with the implication that he’s basically done bringing nominees to the floor to take up [...]

Reid On Held-Up WH Nominees: “Recess Appoint All Of Them”

By: Wednesday February 10, 2010 12:39 pm

Yesterday, Harry Reid gave a speech on the Senate floor where he suggested that the President recess appoint all his nominees who were not being given an up or down vote in the Senate. REID: I mean it’s disgraceful. The Republicans are holding these people up for reasons that have nothing to do with their [...]

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