Card Check and NLRB: Raw Deal or New Deal?Monday, March 29th, 2010 by Admin
Among the continuing reaction to news of the president’s ill-advised recess appointment of union attorney Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board comes from none other than a former Member of that board.
We tracked down John Raudabaugh, formerly of the NLRB and now of Nixon Peabody, with a question we’d received about the president’s departure from the standard practice of appointing members from both parties. Here’s what Mr. Raudabaugh offered:
“The NLRB is now 3 to 1. On August 27, it will be 3 to 0. Not since the New Deal and first six years of the NLRB, 1935-1941, has the Board been all Democrats or all from one party. Labor law reform followed in 1947 to balance the scales. Is the past to be prologue”
It’s hard to beat the expertise of someone’s who has sat in that very chair. And so many historical parallels one could get into …