This afternoon, as expected, the Senate's Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee voted (without a hearing) 15-8 to confirm President Obama's nominees to the NLRB.
In a welcome and surprising twist, however, Senator John McCain stated that he would "place a hold" on the radical Craig Becker's nomination, effectively blocking a vote in the full Senate.
According to the AP:
Under Senate rules, a single lawmaker can block a full vote on the Senate floor.
"This is probably the most controversial nominee that I have seen in a long time," McCain said. His remarks echoed complaints by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and dozens of business groups that claim Becker's views are "out of the mainstream."
[To say the least!]
The Shopfloor has a good summary (based on an HR Policy Association Brief) as to why Becker may be very harmful to both employers, employees and, ultimately, the economy:
- Legalizing Disruptive “Quickie” Strikes
- Eliminating the Employer Role in Union Representation Elections
- Denying the Employer’s Ability to Challenge the Union’s Definition of the Unit
- Barring the Employer From Joining the Union in Observing the Election Process
- Denying the Employer the Ability to Object to Union Misconduct
- Limiting Employer Access to Federal Courts to Challenge Key NLRB Rulings
- Creating a “Body of New Campaign Rules” to Neutralize Employers in Union Representation Campaigns
- Stretching the Statutory Framework
Workforce Management has more on today's events here.