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Senate rejects Obama’s NLRB nominee (Click Here)


WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-The U.S. Senate has rejected one of President Barack Obama’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board.

The president had nominated Craig Becker, counsel for the Service Employees International Union, to the powerful board. His nomination was rejected last week by the Senate.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee confirmed Becker’s nomination without holding a hearing. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., thwarted Becker’s nomination following the committee’s action.

Industry groups—including the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Retail Federation, and Associated Builders and Contractors—had voiced concern over Becker, a former law school professor.

“Mr. Becker has written prolifically about the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the law he would be charged with interpreting and enforcing should he be confirmed,” the letter said. “Many of the positions taken in his writings are well outside the mainstream and would disrupt years of established precedent and the delicate balance in current labor law.”

U.S. Chamber Challenges Pro-Union Oregon Law Limiting Employers’ Free Speech Rights (Click Here)

December 22, 2009
Legislation Unconstitutionally Curtails Employers’ Rights to Counter Union Disinformation
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Associated Oregon Industries filed a lawsuit arguing that a new Oregon law unconstitutionally eliminates an employer’s right to conduct mandatory meetings with employees to rebut union rhetoric and provide information about the drawbacks of a unionized workplace. The law, known as SB 519, is scheduled to become effective January 1, 2010. The case is Associated Oregon Industries and Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. Brad Avakian and Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local No. 296.
“Organized labor hasn’t been able to muster the votes or the public support to pass Card Check, so they’ve moved on to ‘Plan B’ to muzzle employers during union organizing drives,” said Steven Law, chief legal officer and general counsel for the U.S. Chamber. “Just like Card Check, this law flies in the face of our country’s democratic values.”

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