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By Emily Miller
Obama is losing the debate on gun ownership, concealed-carry permits
Topic - Craig Becker
NLRB fends for Big Labor, not the little guy
In his book "The Audacity of Hope," then-candidate Barack Obama, when talking about his relationship with Big Labor union officials, wrote: "I owe those unions. When their leaders call, I do my best to call them back right away. I don't consider this corrupting in any way."
The National Labor Relations Board said it is studying its options on how to "move forward" after a court struck down the agency's controversial rule to speed up union-representation elections earlier this week, because of what unions are calling a technicality.
On Wednesday, President Obama infuriated Republicans and threatened to spark a constitutional crisis when he announced he would make four recess appointments during a "pro forma" session of Congress. A pro forma session occurs when Congress "gavels in and gavels out" every three days but is not technically on recess.
Having lured in viewers with the promise of an open meeting but then cloistered themselves away in another government conference room and broadcast their discussion by closed-circuit television last week, two members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) pushed through troubling new union-organizing rules that are favorable to big labor but harmful to both employees and employers.
Lafe Solomon is one of the most powerful bureaucrats in America and is about to get much more powerful. He is the acting general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), best known for suing Boeing Co. over the opening of a billion-dollar manufacturing plant that created thousands of jobs in South Carolina. He also is suing four states - Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah - for enacting state constitutional protections for secret ballot voting. He is about to inherit broad powers intended to be exercised by the NLRB itself, effectively making him President Obama's newest czar. Perhaps he'll be called the "no new jobs czar."
A few unelected officials in downtown Washington are rapidly accomplishing what 535 men and women in Congress refused to do.
Anti-business liberals aren't going to sneak their way into powerful administration positions this summer. Recess appoinments are a traditional method used by the White House - under both parties - to fill government slots without Senate confirmation.
The Senate's top Democrat on Wednesday harshly condemned what he said were "inappropriate" attempts by Republican lawmakers to intervene in a controversial labor dispute now before the National Labor Relations Board.
Senate Republicans blocked a nomination by President Obama for the first time this year on Monday, when they successfully filibustered the confirmation of the White House's pick for the No. 2 official at the Justice Department.
Neither side is budging in an increasingly bitter fight over aerospace giant Boeing's plans to start production on its 787 Dreamliner fleet at a new $2 billion plant in South Carolina — a move the National Labor Relations Board says was made to punish the company's union workers.
After calling for bipartisanship in his State of the Union address, President Obama chose to send back to the Senate two controversial nominees already blocked once by Republicans.
With President Obama's newfound commitment to regulatory reform, we have a consensus on one of the most pressing problems our economy faces as it struggles to create jobs. The $1.75 trillion cost of complying with federal regulations - which amounts to $10,500 per employee every year for small businesses - is crippling our economy. Regulatory review is necessary but not sufficient - especially if regulators are able to move full-steam-ahead to pile even more burdensome red tape onto American businesses while the review is conducted.
Most private employers would have to display posters informing workers about their right to form a union under a proposed federal rule that is bound to please unions and draw the ire of companies trying to resist labor organizers.
White House budget chief Peter R. Orszag said Tuesday that he will step down next month, positioning him to be the first high-profile member of President Obama's team to depart the administration.
"It's more a reflection of the fact that the board rushed to get these done," he said. "They were very concerned that [Becker's appointment] was going to expire at the end of the year. In rushing to get them done, they left themselves open to some legal challenge."
What may have seemed like a minor victory for employees and employers was immediately turned on its head, however, as NLRB member (and longtime union strategist and attorney) Craig Becker said his allies at the board field offices should be able to implement much of the original proposed rule, despite the more "streamlined" approach, through agency "best practices."