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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  1. Bruce

    The economic pendulum has been stuck to the extreme right for so long in the favor of big business that Americans no longer recognize that it is stuck. A family of four has been struggling for so long they think it is normal. Twenty years ago engineers were on par with congress salaries. Now engineering salaries are about the same ($50-60,000) while congressional salaries have risen to $176,000. We used to produce tangible products...and the majority of the people had the money to purchase them. Now we import everything. 95% of Americans are worse off than they were 20 years ago.
    You could place pro-labor leaders in every significant office and it would take another 20 years to break even. Wake up. By the way, I voted for Reagan and Bush. Seemed like a good idea at the time.

    March 28, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. vwrtb

    We need change... More labor representation! Together we can have better wages... Better lives!

    March 28, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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