As we've been forewarning for nearly a week, demonstrating his penchant for appeasing union allies, President Obama made a recess appointment earlier this afternoon of SEIU insider attorney Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board.
The US Chamber's Randal Johnson said of the appointment:
"This recess appointment disregards the Senate's bipartisan rejection of Craig Becker's nomination to the NLRB," Chamber Vice President Randel Johnson said in a written statement.
"Overriding the will of the Senate and providing this special interest payback contradicts the president's claim to change the tone in Washington," he said. "The business community should be on red alert for radical changes that could significantly impair the ability of America's job creators to compete."
According to the NLRB's press release:
President Barack Obama today announced the recess appointments of attorneys Craig Becker and Mark Gaston Pearce to fill two vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board.
Becker has served as Associate General Counsel to both the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations.
Pearce was a founding partner of the Buffalo, New York law firm of Creighton, Pearce, Johnsen & Giroux, where he practiced union side labor and employment law before state and federal courts and agencies. [Emphasis added.]
The appointment today of both Becker and Pearce, while ignoring the nomination of a potential fifth Board member means that, instead of having a full NLRB of five members (which would normally consist of either three Democrats and two Republicans, or vice versa, depending on the party of the President), the NLRB will have three Democrats to one Republican, virtually guaranteeing all pro-union/anti-employer rulings in the future.