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Most small and big businesses alike concerning new concerns about president Obama's pick for a key labor post.
Craig Becker now appointed to the National Labor Relations Board.
One of president Obama's recess appointments and making it that he made last week while congress is out of session.
And here are a few of his key positions on things and Becker.
Thinks that employers should not be involved in any union elections in other words the unions can make their case but the employers must sit silent.
He also thinks that they should be barred from all election challenges he's also on record saying that traditional democratic principles should not apply to union elections.
Mark mix is president of the national.
My guess now mark.
Now we know we have a debate before Becker got the recess appointment about whether President Obama should do it is Donna backers on the NLRB now the National Labor Relations Board which overseas.
Union disputes between unions and and and -- employers at at various places of business so.
What now -- Americans expect in terms of positions from the -- Well.
I think it's gonna be really really -- time at the -- relations board Craig Becker went from being associate General Counsel of the Service Employees International Union on Friday.
To being a member of the five member National Labor Relations Board on Saturday evening the board that's commission -- interpreting America's labor law.
In -- this guy has a history as you pointed out Nagin and radical positions about.
How workers are unionized and and basically complete disdain.
For independent mine workers who'd like to avoid unionization.
It's going to be -- really -- time I think that that president is trying to give unions card check forced unionism legislation without actually passing it.
I was sitting at what exactly is it that so Contra running obviously he's pro union that's not a surprise allows would you expect President Obama didn't denominator to put on.
On the NLRB so what specifically is it about Craig Becker that has people concerned.
If you look at his writings going back in 1998 and some stuff you -- in 2005 he says that workers should have no choice.
Either by secret ballot election or -- card check about whether or not they should be any union.
He thinks the only choice that workers should have is which union will they join.
That's just outrageous position and this is the first time Megan that and acting union lawyer has gone from employment at a union right to the National Labor Relations Board.
You know his position on employers not being involved in the process the in his position on on.
On access to employees and how votes will be conducted its just -- really radical position in fact from a standpoint of the right to Work Foundation.
This guy has an obsession with us in -- we have twelve cases pending at the National Labor Relations Board right now involving -- -- in the SE -- one -- -- -- actual attorney of record on.
We have over a 150.
Charges pending at the lower levels of board.
That this guy somehow gonna sit on and he just does not like us the -- -- were offering a service to employees.
That while object to compulsory union members.
Well but is there -- -- was an argument they made that.
He may have written about union relations in one way and certainly Texan for certain positions while representing the nation's biggest union the SE -- U.
About what he gets on this NLRB he'll be fair and -- -- added to the side of management and try to come do an impartial decision.
Well I hope that's the case but I doubt it based on his writings and his biases in the fact that he's a party to several cases -- the board.
You know he won't believe -- who's -- former teamster lawyers now the chairman of the -- relations board.
Have basically said they can do card check without any statutory -- thought okay we can't I can't explain what card -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Card check is a mechanism for certifying unions -- bargaining agents for all employees under current law workers are entitled to a secret ballot election.
In order to determine whether or not they want to be part of the union.
Under in cracked -- world and Martin and will -- leave this world.
That secret -- election would no longer -- won't say hey that congress toyed with but it but they didn't have the support for doing that -- -- mandating -- open ballot instead of the secret ballot but.
My understanding is Craig Becker doesn't necessarily think that that's a deal breaker -- -- forcing -- check on employers.
Well he he's probably written about card check -- it may not be the the ultimate price I think what backers written about and what I think a lot of independent might workers ought to be worried about.
Is an arbitration provision which I think organized labor sees as their real prize in this particular term congress and the -- relations board and that is.
Basically getting that and RB to -- that first contracts.
I have to be imposed on employers and employees.
During certain time frame when actual negotiation is it basically shut down a -- that I currently -- -- just.
I obviously don't like it got any you know you do have a horse and in this race because if -- represented management and in these disputes are gonna go to for the NLRB but -- My question you is help.
How can you complain I mean it's.
It's president Obama's right to use this recess appointment it's president Obama's right to choose who's gonna go on there now yes the Senate.
Is supposed to you know confirm but they didn't hear he couldn't get anybody on the board and it worked really hit people honest look at five.
So what was -- supposed to do pick some pro management I mean inning is -- a surprise that Barack Obama didn't do that.
Well first of all -- we don't represent any employers all we do -- represented -- European over 200000.
In about a 200 cases right now in various levels of and -- -- in the court system so we represent employees.
That are objecting to compulsory union membership.
Secondly I think.
This particular recess appointment is really.
On the edge I mean certainly -- the president has the right to -- -- is set to be nomination to recess appoint.
But I think 41 senators on the Republican side -- the president not to do this to democratic senators voted against him when they tried to move the nomination earlier.
And this is really is to pay back organized labor for the billions of dollars they spent to elect this president.
The White House -- -- mark mix thanks so much for coming out with your insights on -- obviously Greg Becker has an open invitation to come on the show and anybody in the Obama administration wants to talk to us about their view on Craig Becker come on.
We'd appreciate it --
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