Friday, February 12, 2010

Breaking: No Recess Appointment for Craig Becker

According to the Huffington Post, President Obama will NOT be using a recess appointment to place SEIU's Craig Becker onto the National Labor Relations Board.

One of the more remarkable aspects of President Obama's decision to not make immediate recess appointments as a concession for Senate Republicans confirming 27 nominees is the muted reaction from the labor community.

Among those on the losing end of the deal struck between Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are labor unions. Craig Becker, the president's nominee for the National Labor Relations Board who was filibustered by the Senate this past week, will not get the recess appointment next week that union officials were hoping. Instead, his nomination is either dead or put on hold until the next Senate recess at the end of March.

Read HuffPo's whole piece here.

How are union bosses reacting to the President's poke in their eye?  Well, as any union would, the AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka is blaming the GOP.

Senate Republican obstructionists are working overtime to block the interests of working people. Today we hear the White House and Senate have cut a deal with Republicans that will keep President Obama's nominees off the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for even longer.

[snip]

Yesterday, in a deal with the Republican minority, the Senate confirmed 27 non-controversial Obama appointees. The White House apparently has agreed not to make Presidents Day recess appointments -- a process that allows the president to temporarily appoint his own nominee while Congress is out of session. That means NLRB nominees -- and working people -- are out in the cold.

It's surprising that a union negotiator like Mr. Trumka has forgotten that it usually takes two for a "deal" to become a "deal."

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