March 28th, 2010
08:15 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama appointment to labor board sparks opposition

(CNN) - One of President Obama's Saturday recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board quickly triggered intense opposition from business groups and Republicans, who called the appointee a radical who represents a White House gift to labor unions.

The fury is aimed at Obama's appointment of Craig Becker - a labor lawyer - to the NLRB, the federal agency that oversees relations between unions and employers.

"Mr. Becker's prolific writings ... suggest a radical view of labor law that flies in the face of established precedent and case law and is far outside the mainstream," the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said in a statement Saturday.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. j

    Just get over it already. They don't even know what this person will or won't do and in 7 years, whoever comes into office can appoint someone else.

    March 28, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. tom puhlman

    This is how hypocrite the Democratic are. Least when Bush did it he tried to get the person throug

    March 28, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    ZZZZZZZZZ who cares what the Obstructionists think?

    GOP can go fly....

    March 28, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. People's Voice

    So, he should have done like the Republicans do and appoint someone who would protect the businesses from having to be fair and responsible to their workers.

    When the Repubs are in office they can coddle their bug business masters.

    All they need to do is convince enough Americans they are serving their best interest. Good luck with that.

    March 28, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. gary

    Republicans would have objected even if the Pope were nominated for the position.

    March 28, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. terry,va.

    The senate voted against this guy 52-43 with 5 no votes. Wonder why? Obummie thinks he knows more than anyone else. He is turning this country into a tin cup socialist country ran by a dictator. The dumbocraps could have got him appointed had they chosen to do so.

    March 28, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Ken Keeton

    I don't see how anything the republicans want or say or think is relevant anymore. They're not even viable as a party.

    March 28, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Jake

    GOP still controls the money,banks/stock market/CEOs/COOs/large business/small business/corporations when the rich see their investments decline because of Obamie's socialism,they will return to financial politicians vs. the party of providing for the parasites/lazy/and worthless AKA 'the people",like it or not money still talks plus Supreme Court will gun for "the boy wonder".You can not beat big money,big money remembers Bush and will want the same.

    March 28, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Hey you Goppers here...shouldnt you be in Church celebrating your "Christian Values"? I didn't know the bible told you to go online and make racist and even Hitler remarks.


    March 28, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Shane

    No CNN, YOU spark opposition and protest!! A liberal is considered a "radical" and a right wing, teabagging, racist, judge like Alito, Scalia, Thomas & Roberts are all "middle of the road" Americans! Do you job and stop caving to AM radio hosts made-up crap about "liberal" media! What does CNN stabs for now? Wait. I forgot. Follow Sarah Palin and pretend she and her tea bag rallies are real and credible opposition!! I have been by-passing the CNN channel is January 2009 because of your lack of real journalism! It's no wonder you're taking a page out of Fox's playbook!!!

    March 28, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    The is the second person the RepubliCAN'Ts do not want!!! Okay, who do they suggest should be appointed??? Instead of BlOCKING everything – come up with SOLUTIONS!!!

    March 28, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. john

    So seriously what else would he have done? Why would it surprise anyone to have a pro-labor lean? ANd seriously why would any republican or the so-called Chamber of Commerce support anything that would help wages or the laborer? This is kind of a stupid article.

    March 28, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. LG

    It's fact check time... Terry VA writes: "The senate voted against this guy 52-43 with 5 no votes."

    If that is the case, then it's not a recess appointment because the Senate has already formally rejected him.

    Was this a real vote or just a side issue relating to the appointment?

    Please clarify the facts here.

    March 28, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. Four and The Door

    Obama's brand of politics is ugly. It has taken integrity in the office of the President down a couple notches. This is unfortunate for America.

    March 28, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Nancy, NY

    This guy is a moron. It shows how socialist ideas come up and it will destroy our economy and jobs. We do not need union leader in that position. Do not blame republicans. Whole business community is against it.

    March 28, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. Ken in NC

    If there is so much opposition to this appointee to the NLRB maybe they should have debated it and voted him down. Oh that's right, Republicans don't have enough votes to vote him down.

    OK so better luck next time.

    March 28, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    Obama has been outside the mainstream all along. A radical appointee is to be expected from someone who is a behind closed doors, under-the-table kind of operator.

    We have seen many corrupt lawyers, but Obama is the perfect example of a corrupt lawyer.

    March 28, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. D.

    The most anti business president in the history of the USA, who never held any position of management yet hanged out with community affair activists and their politicians and other political hack (remote from real life where business and jobs are created). It is easy to be an "activist" and shout in the street against "business," but when it is at the level of POUS, at the time of economic difficulties, it is no more than pathetic!

    March 28, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Independent One

    fear, fear, fear, fear, same ole same OLD!!!!

    March 28, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. frank in valparaiso indiana

    I used to work for Computer Sciences Corporation at Edwards AFB. They fired the four people who wanted to have a union there. Think the NLRB under the Republicans did anything about it? Heck, think the AF even cares? Its time we get people who are serious about putting unions in.

    Fast forward, we complained about having to work overtime and not getting paid. They would force us to change out time cards and not put overtime on it to get our paychecks. Think NLRB cared about that? Think we got any response from the state?

    Its about time we get some union friendly, employee friendly people in. Maybe some of this crap will be cleaned up. And I got fired from CSC. Its grown to be the 10th largest defense contractor.

    You pay for all this employee abuse.

    March 28, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Keep the Republicans busy Mr. President, I'm loving it. When your kids don't have anything to do, keep them busy even if they complain, keep them busy.

    March 28, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Keith in Austin

    When will all zombies following the Liberal drumbeat realize that the GOP is NOT the evil obstructionist Party that your never-ending mantra conveys?

    The fact is that in many situations, they are the purveyor of our Constitution and Democracy as we know it.

    In 13 short months, take a look at what our Government has devoured;
    General Motors
    Banking Industry
    Healthcare Industry
    Wall Street

    Next: Cap and Trade, Immigration Reform, all to build a powerbase of voters totally dependant on Nanny Government!

    Right out of Sol Linski's Socialism Handbook folks.

    Be thankful for the GOP and the balance of power they provide all of us!

    March 28, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. indy

    Same old, same old. So much for change. Why can't the overwhelming number of Democrat Senators get this done. Could it be some of them aren't on board with the selection? Perhaps the President is overriding even their judgement because he knows best for everyone about everything and we better get that message!

    March 28, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. kim

    Keep turning a blind eye to this socialist behavior. It will be too late when you take the blinders off. Jim Jones all over again.

    And yeah, go ahead and call me a racist, too bad I am AA and a registered and voting Dem for over 20 years, but these days if you don't fall in line you are a racist, I am not aloud to have a mind of my own, says the idiot far left nut cases.

    March 28, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    Surprise, the Chamber of Commerce is opposed to someone who favors the American worker.

    March 28, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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