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 …

UPDATE: More reaction coming in … The US Chamber adds 50 cases to keep an eye on and warns employers to be on red alert.

UPDATE(d) UPDATE: Thanks to readers for joining us! Also se more from Rob Bluey of Heritage, who writes: “The appearance of preferential treatment hasn

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6 Responses to “Card Check and NLRB: Raw Deal or New Deal?”

  1. March 29th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Eric says:

    The course President Obama is taking our country is unprecedented and laden with political payoff. As a candidate, Sen. Obama chastized those accepting funds from lobbists, but he took – and is now repaying – hundreds of millions from one of the biggest lobbying efforts in history – organized labor. He has no qualms about pursing his agenda and obviously cares nothing for the will of the American people, or even the will of Congress. We are in serious trouble.

  2. March 29th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Eric says:

    If anyone wondered just how indebted President Obama is to organized labor, this should put those questions to rest. He is bought and paid for.

  3. March 29th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Shopfloor says:

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  5. March 29th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    More Reaction To Card Check Advocate’s Recess Appointment says:

    [...] of SEIU attorney Craig Becker. Former National Labor Relations Board member John Raudabaugh said:

  6. April 15th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Larry says:

    Its time for business to wake up and smell the coffee. When the Becker and the Leibman show get done with their decisional labor changes, it will be too late for business to react. Complacency is the foundation for the implementation of socialism..welcome to France