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NLRB Nominations Round Two: Craig Becker still in labor’s pocket

Tomorrow, Craig Becker, erstwhile nominee to the NLRB, will once again come before the Senate HELP Committee.

Senator McCain successfully placed a hold on Craig Becker’s nomination in the fall, sending his name back to the White House.  In early January a frustrated Obama renominated Craig Becker to the NLRB, and a perturbed McCain called for a formal hearing, which begins tomorrow.  Makes you wonder what’s so special about Craig Becker. But we already know why his nomination is so important.

From the blog in September:

“Craig Becker, who has until now served as Associate General Counsel to the AFL-CIO and the SEIU, is nominated to one of the positions. While we are certain this gives Becker an intimate view of modern labor, his long association with paychecks from labor unions, the now infamous piece he wrote for the Minnesota Law Review in 1993 (which has little kind to say about employers), and even his implied connections to Blagojevich have given groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce something to fret about for months.”

His connections to the unions aren’t a secret.  Here’s an short excerpt from his bio from

“Craig Becker currently serves as Associate General Counsel to both the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations.”

The White House saw no need to provide a long bio the second time around.  His most recent biographical information and nomination announcement is limited to the following on

“Craig Becker, of Illinois, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring December 16, 2014, vice Dennis P. Walsh.”

“Of Illinois” is just so …vague. Then again, considering what’s going on with the SEIU and Blago, maybe Illinois is controversial enough for the White House these days.

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