Obama names new labor board members
January 4th, 2012
04:50 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama names new labor board members

(CNN) – The White House announced Wednesday that President Obama plans to appoint three new members to the National Labor Relations Board, continuing his end-run around the Congressional approval process.

The White House said in a statement that Obama has tapped Sharon Block, Terence Flynn and Richard Griffin to fill seats on the board via recess appointments.

The NLRB, which is supposed to be governed by a five-member board, is down to three active members because Senate Republicans have opposed Obama's nominees.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Go President Obama! Show America what a bunch of disgusting slime the repube party has become.

    January 4, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. LacrosseMom(real one)

    OBAMA 2012........ God help protect us from the GOP Taliban that will take away birth control and the right to choose.

    January 4, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. freedog

    Excellent...another government agency we don't need, spending more tax payer money and designed merely to provide political leverage to be re-elected. Once again, it's all about the POWER never REALLY about the people.

    January 4, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. diridi

    It GOP idiots that destroyed this nation. True. Obama2012.

    January 4, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ever notice that right wingnuts do not need government, but are the first to cry out when they need help?

    January 4, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The tea baggers who hate government are the first to suckle at the teat of social security, VA, medicare, government safety regulations, farm subsidies, etc.?

    January 4, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Why is it that the tea baggers always vote against their best interests? If the Kochs and Rove told these morons to go out and bob for road apples, they would be the first in line.

    January 4, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Commence triangulation. How's the view from that corner, GOPers/Teatrolls? Need anything? More paint perhaps?

    January 4, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. rs

    Go, Obama, go! Show the GOP/TP whart REAL leadership looks like!

    January 4, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    freedog wrot3:

    Excellent...another government agency we don't need, spending more tax payer money and designed merely to provide political leverage to be re-elected.
    -----------
    Dick Cheney created the Dep't of Homeland Security. By the end of the Bush administration it had a $50B annual budget and was comprised of over 450 separate sub-agencies. Did it really have to be bigger than the CIA and NSA combined?

    January 4, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Another example of the GOP/Teatrolls purposefuly breaking gov't in order to prove it's broken. As a result of the GOP/Teatrolls (mindlessly, without justification, without excuse, without reason and in a show of complete and utter bad faith for political gain) refusing to even consider ANY nominees (don't try to tell us it has anything to do with the merits of the nominees, because the lie is too obvious), the NLRB was down to 2 board members, which was not enough for a quorum per the SCOTUS and, therefore, essentially rendered it broken and powerless to act in any way. In essence, despite valid legislation having been enacted to create and empower the NLRB to monitor union elections and investigate unfair labor practices, the GOP/Teatrolls simply decided that the law of the land isn't to their liking and they would thwart and repeal it without having to go through the propoer legislative process for doing so )because that process would not have worked in their favor). Instead, they abuse a procedural loophole in an attempt to destroy the NLRB by fiat, without having to fight for legislation that repeals or changes it. It's a perfect example of how underhanded they are and how they purposefuly set up everything to fail or break so that they can turn around and claim that their predictions that it would fail or be broken were correct.

    January 4, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Karej

    I agree freedog, But liberals are too blindslide by obama lies and tricky to blame other people to ever see that point in that he just as dirty as the people he criticizes.

    January 4, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. Terry, VA

    The great dictator Obummie has spoken. Senate I don't care if you aren't on recess. I will start ruling at night after everyone goes home at night and say you weren't in the chamber so I will do what I want. The problem with this is we have a court system which will throw your illegal actions out, just like Obummiecare. The other problem is there are less than 12% in Unions. Most people hate unions because they cause job loss instead of job creation. Just ask the United Mine Workers. They had well over 100,000 members and had over 70% of all coal mining jobs. Today they have very few members and comprise less than 10% of the coal miners. Wages and benefits have gone up without the UMWA also. Ummmmm ..........

    January 4, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Karej

    No,it obama simply decided that the law of the land isn't to his liking and rearrange things to help in his elcetion.

    January 4, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. johnway

    They also had dangerous conditions, no health care, were generally owned by company stores, were paid in tokens, and a variety of other abuses before regulation and unions forced the employers to clean up their act.

    January 4, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Excellent...another government agency we don't need, spending more tax payer money and designed merely to provide political leverage to be re-elected.
    ---–
    Dick Cheney created the Dep't of Homeland Security. By the end of the Bush administration it had a $50B annual budget and was comprised of over 450 separate sub-agencies. Did it really have to be bigger than the CIA and NSA combined?"
    ---
    Not to mention that the NLRB was established in 1934 which, according to the actual long-form birth certificate that Obama produced and oh so many nutjobs think is a forgery, is before Obama was born...so it's hard to see how Obama "designed" the NLRB "to provide political leverage to be re-elected."

    January 4, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. Lisa P

    Hooray! And about time, too. The whole "pro forma" session thing has become a farce - advise and consent or reject but don't just stay in "session" as a way to prevent our President from fulfilling his Constitutional responsibility to execute duly enacted laws. The minority has been abusing its power for too long - almost two years - now, and then the hypocrites complain that nothing gets done. The 2012 elections can't come quickly enough. It's time we got a Congress that will help our President do what needs to be done for the general welfare of the American people instead of a rump dedicated to thwarting all progress and further lining the pockets of the 1%.

    January 4, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  18. Former Republican, now an Independent

    It's about time Obama went around these obstructionist, who have no intention of cooperating on anything. Their top agenda item is to make this administration fail, even though it is hurting the American people deeply. "Politics over People" remains their secret motto.

    January 4, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. Taylor

    To Terry, VA Mr. Terry it was the unions that created the middle class, it was the union that fought for safe work place, equal pay for equal work, breaks , lunches, are you one of those Reepugs that believes Koch, Rove and Santa Claus.

    OBAMA 2012

    January 4, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. Marcus

    Is this a surprise that the conservatives don't like that the POTUS put the National Labor Relations Board back on track?
    The facts, the record number of filibusters in the Senate plus the 'we won't gonna let you get ONE appointee to sit in whatever chair our approval is needed to' policy of the Senate Republicans made the NLRB legally unable to perform its duties. Now they will be able to do so.
    Because of course the Republicans had no chance to shut down the NLRB , so they opted for paralyze it...
    until now.

    January 4, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. once upon a horse

    terry, va

    I think you need to leave VA and go to a country where there is a REAL dictatorship. I used to think that the left were the biggest whiners UNTIL the 2008 election. You righties have been whining ever since. Hopefully you'll have 4 more years to pout.

    January 4, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. willie floyd

    GO MR. PRESIDENT!!! Just keep on keeping on. We're with you 110%.

    January 4, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Tony

    If the Senate is not in recess, as Republicans claim, can they start working on a jobs bill? At least introduce a jobs bill? Remember, Republicans, you promised "jobs, jobs, jobs" in the 2010 election?

    January 4, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. mk1

    President Bush made 171 recess appointments and Republicans had no problem with that. What goes around comes around as they say.

    January 4, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. T'sah From Virginia

    @Sniffit – Wow, thanks for the insight. A lot is learned from intelligent bloggers who knows the facts!!

    Obama 2012

    January 4, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |