Ever since July, when Republicans caved in to Harry Reid’s “nuclear option” threat, GOP resistance to Barack Obama’s appointments to agencies like the National Labor Relations Board (as well as others) has been virtually non-existent.
A day after Sen. Lindsey Graham’s empty threat to block appointments until his questions about Benghazi were answered, the Senate voted to confirm controversial union lawyer Richard Griffin as the general counsel of the NLRB.
The position of the NLRB’s general counsel is a powerful one, as the general counsel “is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases and for the general supervision of the NLRB field offices in the processing of cases.”
Back in July, GOP senators were duped into thinking that the then–unconstitutionally appointed Griffin would be gone from the NLRB. However, the very next day, Obama dealt the GOP a blow by cynically re-nominating Griffin for a different role–that of the NLRB’s main prosecutor.
Upon the Senate’s vote to confirm Griffin, union lawyer and current NLRB chairman Mark Pearce (whose law firm represented Griffin’s union) issued a press release stating:
“Today’s Senate vote to confirm Richard F. Griffin, Jr. as General Counsel will ensure the NLRB’s ability to enforce the National Labor Relations Act. The Act guarantees the right of private sector workers to organize and bargain collectively with their employers and to participate in concerted activities to improve their pay and working conditions.
“Having served as a staff attorney and as a member of the Board, Mr. Griffin has a wealth of experience in labor law and a deep understanding of the National Labor Relations Act. On behalf of the NLRB, I welcome him back and know that he will play a vital role in ensuring that we continue to provide excellent service to the American people.
As a result of Tuesday’s confirmation, with the controversial former general counsel of the International Union of Operating Engineers’ now as the NLRB’s prosecutor, employers facing NLRB actions will be both prosecuted and judged by hand-picked union appointees.
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