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  • Hah!… SEIU Petitions NLRB to Unionize Lib Employees at Media Matters

    04/17/2014 7:09:35 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Gateway ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Get your popcorn… The SEIU is petitioning the National Labor Relations Board to unionize the employees the employees at Media Matters. In response, Media Matters has hired a high priced law firm to represent the company. And, here we thought they supported unions? Weird, huh?
  • Big Labor Thugs Emboldened by Obama Labor Board

    04/12/2014 8:04:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Fred Wszolek
    Racketeering, assault, and extortion -- these are just a few of the crimes that union organizers have been accused or convicted of committing over the past few weeks and months. You would think Big Labor bosses would be concerned with their image and whether or not it affects their ability to maneuver with friends in the Obama Administration. Not so. In fact, they have been emboldened by the actions undertaken by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is currently seeking to expedite the unionization process so much so that workers and businesses will not be able to make informed...
  • NBC leans forward toward union-busting, NLRB says

    04/08/2014 3:20:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/08/14 | Sean Higgins
    National Labor Relations Board members ruled Monday that NBC Universal, the parent company of the namesake TV network and the cable news channel MSNBC, was illegally refusing to deal with its employees' union, the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians. It ordered the company to "cease and desist" avoiding the union. "[T]he Respondent has been failing and refusing to bargain collectively and in good faith with the exclusive collective-bargaining representative of its unit employees and has engaged in unfair labor practices," ruled a three-member NLRB majority. The announcement is ironic given that MSNBC has remade itself as a liberal...
  • Obama to Boeing: Drop Dead

    04/21/2011 5:02:28 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 52 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | 4/21/2011 | Claire Berlinski
    This could well be the most outrageous insult yet to the free market economy: In what may be the strongest signal yet of the new pro-labor orientation of the National Labor Relations Board under President Obama, the agency filed a complaint Wednesday seeking to force Boeing to bring an airplane production line back to its unionized facilities in Washington State instead of moving the work to a nonunion plant in South Carolina. Do I need to explain how many kinds of wrong this is? Not only is the federal government saying to Boeing that it gets to decide where it...
  • Union rep join federal government safety inspectors on site visits to non-union businesses

    03/22/2014 1:08:22 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/21/2014 | Patrick Howley
    SEIU and other labor unions can accompany the government inspectors on site visits due to a quiet and contested Obama administration rule clarification issued last year in response to a request from a union representative. Maurice Baskin, an attorney representing the Associated Builders and Contractors and the National Association of Manufacturers, said in testimony before the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections that OSHA’s clarification letter violates the OSH Act and the National Labor Relations Act. Section 9 of the National Labor Relations Act holds that an “authorized representative” must be an agent from a union that a majority of the...
  • That snapping sound you hear is the AFL-CIO’s white flag of surrender flying over Dixie

    03/04/2014 9:01:41 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/4/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    When the UAW failed miserably in Chattanooga and was not able to unionize the Volkswagen plant, even with a staked deck, it started a chain reaction and the next domino has fallen. The news that the AFL-CIO has decided to keep its money and not even try to save three Southern Democrat Senators comes as no real shock. The powerful union reviewed the polls and the political climate in North Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas and decided backing the Democrats in these states would be throwing good money after bad. The decision left Democrat Senators Mark Pryor in Arkansas, Mary Landrieu...
  • UAW Asks NLRB to Void Union Loss at Tennessee Volkswagen Plant

    02/22/2014 8:40:43 AM PST · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/22/14 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    The United Auto Workers (UAW) filed a legal challenge late Friday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to the certification of the organizing vote it lost last Friday at Volkswagen's auto plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The challenge was submitted just hours before the seven day post-election filing deadline expired. On Tuesday, attorney Joseph Farelli, a nationally recognized labor law expert, told Breitbart News the UAW would have little chance of success if it filed a challenge to NLRB certification of the election. "I don't think the NLRB is willing to break new ground and state the conduct of a...
  • UAW Challenges Tennessee VW Election

    02/21/2014 1:23:56 PM PST · by MacNaughton · 45 replies
    Thomson/Reuters ^ | 2/21/2014
    The United Auto Workers said on Friday it filed an appeal with the government over "interference by politicians and outside special interest groups" in an election last week in Tennessee where Volkswagen workers rejected the union. The union said in a statement that its appeal to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board details "a coordinated and widely publicized coercive campaign conducted by politicians and outside organizations to deprive Volkswagen workers of their federally protected right to join a union."
  • Justices skeptical of Obama’s recess appointment claim

    01/13/2014 10:31:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 13, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Supreme Court justices took a dim view Monday of President Obama’s claim of almost unlimited powers to appoint top government officials, saying he appeared to be breaking with the founders’ vision of separation of powers between the branches of government when he tried an end-run around the Senate in 2012. Both liberal and conservative justices seemed skeptical of the president’s claim, though they struggled with how far to go in deciding the limits of a president’s recess appointment power. If they ruled narrowly, they could simply overturn Mr. Obama’s 2012 appointments by finding he tried to act when the Senate...
  • Obama’s use of executive power faces reckoning at Supreme Court

    01/12/2014 10:09:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/12/14 | Kevin Bogardus, Ben Goad
    Nothing less than the boundaries of executive power are at stake Monday as the Supreme Court considers whether President Obama violated the Constitution during his first term. Oral arguments slated for Monday will center on a trio of recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that were deemed unconstitutional by lower courts. If they uphold the decision, experts say the justices could endanger hundreds of NLRB decisions. Even more significant are the ramifications for future presidents, with the court poised either to bolster or blunt the chief executive’s appointment powers. “Rulings like this have implications that last for...
  • SCOTUS to Decide Landmark Recess Appointment Case

    01/11/2014 7:49:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2014 | Fred Wszolek
    In the coming days, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Noel Canning versus the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). This case arose when President Obama made several so-called recess appointments to the Board on January 4, 2012 when the Senate was not formally in recess. This landmark case is expected to determine how much leeway the President has to make appointments without Senate confirmation, and more significantly, it will have serious implications on the broader powers of the presidency itself and the system of checks and balances. The United States Court of Appeals for...
  • Four Machinists ask NLRB to overturn last week’s vote (Boeing)

    01/07/2014 2:59:04 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | January 7, 2014 | Dominic Gates
    The separate complaints focus on the timing of the union vote that narrowly approved Boeing’s 777X contract extension.Four individual Machinists at Boeing have filed separate complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seeking to overturn the 777X contract extension vote that passed by a slim margin last week. Anne Pomerantz, NLRB regional attorney, said the agency will investigate the charges, gather evidence and decide if any action is warranted. The process typically takes approximately 12 weeks, she said. The union members filed the unfair labor practices claims against the national headquarters of the International Association of Machinists (IAM), which...
  • NLRB Backs Down on Pro-Union Posters

    01/03/2014 2:03:04 PM PST · by ColdOne · 6 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 1/3/14 | Bill McMorris
    The National Labor Relations Board has abandoned the administration’s attempts to force businesses to post pro-union notices in workplaces. Two federal appeals courts struck down an NLRB rule that would have forced employers to put up the signs. The NLRB had until Thursday, Jan. 2, to appeal the cases to the Supreme Court, but quietly allowed the deadline to pass. A NLRB spokesman said the agency was not prepared to comment on the matter. Critics of the posters celebrated the NLRB’s decision. The “unanimous voice of the judiciary has forced the Obama Labor Board to
  • The President vs. the Senate

    01/03/2014 11:21:47 AM PST · by IndePundit · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/2/14 | By DAVID B. RIVKIN JR. And LEE A. CASEY
    Later this month the Supreme Court will hear a case that should resolve how much latitude presidents have to make recess appointments to federal offices that otherwise require Senate confirmation. The boundary of this power has never been decided by the high court. Yet the entire scheme of the U.S. Constitution—which is based on a separation of powers, enforced through checks and balances to safeguard individual liberty—is at stake. Noel Canning v. NLRB involves several recess appointments President Obama made to the National Labor Relations Board on Jan. 4, 2012. The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., correctly held that...
  • UAW Subverting Secret Ballot in TN

    11/21/2013 8:27:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 21, 2013 | Fred Wszolek
    After bringing America’s automotive industry to the brink of complete collapse, union bosses have set their sights on foreign auto companies with manufacturing plants in the United States, specifically targeting Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The United Auto Workers (UAW) has launched a concerted effort to unionize the Chattanooga plant’s workers, but have decided to strategically use non-traditional methods to obtain unionization. Last month, UAW representative Gary Casteel poignantly told The Tennessean, “We are not seeking a vote necessarily … We know if we go for a traditional election where the outside organizations could campaign against us, we’d probably...
  • Big Labor's Rewards Come at Public's Expense

    11/12/2013 6:41:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2013 | Fred Wszolek
    Union bosses have an air of entitlement among themselves nowadays. Over the past two election cycles, organized labor has collectively spent hundreds of millions dollars electing President Obama and like-minded Congressmen and Senators. For their efforts, they have come to expect a sizable return on investment. And for the most part, their every wish, no matter how absurd, has been granted by the president himself. Since Big Labor helped President Obama pass his signature healthcare legislation, union bosses have been pushing to receive an exemption from the very same law. The hypocrisy is striking, which is perhaps why the...
  • Big Labor applauds Richard Griffin's confirmation to Labor Relations Board

    10/31/2013 10:43:42 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/30/2013 | Sean Higgins
    Big Labor applauded the Senate for confirming Richard Griffin on Tuesday as general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board. The Senate voted 62-37 to end a filibuster against Griffin's nomination and 55-44 to confirm him. The NLRB oversees labor-management conflicts in the private sector. "With today's confirmation of Richard Griffin to serve as General Counsel, the NLRB is now running on all cylinders to meet its duty to fairly and impartially oversee the workplace rights of millions of Americans," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said. Griffin, a former top lawyer with the International Union of Operating Engineers, was a controversial...
  • U.S. labor machinery frozen by government shutdown

    10/03/2013 10:38:49 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    reuters.com ^ | October 04, 2013 | Carlyn Kolker and Amanda Becker
    The federal government shutdown has begun to paralyze the legal machinery that governs many of the relationships between U.S. employers and workers. The National Labor Relations Board, which reviews labor disputes and oversees union elections, is down to just 11 employees - with the other 1,600 sent home. Phones are going unanswered and some websites are frozen because of the shutdown, now in its third day. The NLRB's home page declares it is "currently closed due to a lapse in appropriated funds" and asks visitors to "click here to view our Shutdown Plan." At the 16,000-employee U.S. Department of Labor,...
  • Younger Workers Primarily Affected by Potential Email Privacy Invasion

    08/17/2013 8:34:49 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 3 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 8-16-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Should the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) compel employers to provide union organizers with the phone numbers and email addresses of employees they want to solicit for votes for a union?...
  • This is the Choice of 93% of Employees in the Private Sector

    08/09/2013 10:10:38 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 1 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 8-9-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    NEW YORK (MainStreet)—Will today's 20- and 30-somethings continue to be required to join a union or pay union dues to a union to represent them even if they do not want to join? Well, not if some people get their way. There is a movement called Right-to-Work (RTW) that wants to change this. Indeed, some...
  • Unions get creative to halt decline in membership

    08/02/2013 7:24:29 AM PDT · by kevcol · 2 replies
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | Aug 2, 2013 | SAM HANANEL
    <p>WASHINGTON — With union membership on the decline, labor leaders are getting more creative - and some say more desperate - to boost sagging numbers and rebuild their waning clout.</p> <p>Unions are helping non-union fast food workers around the country hold strikes to protest low wages and poor working conditions. They are trying to organize home day care workers, university graduate students and even newly legalized marijuana dealers. Members of a "shadow union" at Wal-Mart hold regular protests at the giant retailer, which long has been resistant to organizing.</p>
  • Senate confirms all five NLRB members

    07/30/2013 4:14:06 PM PDT · by onyx · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/30/13 06:15 PM ET | By Ramsey Cox
    After a contentious fight over some of President Obama’s nominees, the Senate confirmed five members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).On Tuesday, the Senate voted to clear all five nominees — Harry Johnson III, Philip Miscimarra, Nancy Schiffer, Kent Hirozawa and Mark Pearce.Republicans agreed to hold up-or-down votes on the NLRB nominees as part of a deal to avoid Senate rule changes limiting the minority's right to filibuster executive branch nominations. Two of the NLRB nominees confirmed were GOP picks — Johnson and Miscimarra — and Schiffer, Hirozawa and Pearce were Obama's nominees. As part of the deal, Obama...
  • Senate confirms all five NLRB members

    07/30/2013 4:11:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2013 | Ramsey Cox
    After a contentious fight over some of President Obama’s nominees, the Senate confirmed five members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). On Tuesday, the Senate voted to clear all five nominees — Harry Johnson III, Philip Miscimarra, Nancy Schiffer, Kent Hirozawa and Mark Pearce. Republicans agreed to hold up-or-down votes on the NLRB nominees as part of a deal to avoid Senate rule changes limiting the minority's right to filibuster executive branch nominations. Two of the NLRB nominees confirmed were GOP picks — Johnson and Miscimarra — and Schiffer, Hirozawa and Pearce were Obama's nominees. As part of the...
  • Senate votes to end debate on NLRB nominee

    07/30/2013 9:48:02 AM PDT · by yoe · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 7, 2013 | Ramsey Cox
    The Senate voted 64-34 Tuesday to end debate on the nomination of Kent Hirozawa to serve on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). That vote sets up eight hours of debate time, which could be waived to allow a quick vote on the nomination. After Hirozawa, the nominations of Nancy Schiffer and Mark Pearce to join the NLRB will follow. More than 10 Republicans voted with Democrats to advance Hirozawa's nomination. Republicans agreed to hold up-or-down votes on President Obama’s NLRB nominations as part of a deal to avoid Senate rule changes limiting the minority's right to filibuster executive branch...
  • Obama Gives Senate One Day to Vet NLRB Nominees; Nuclear option deal provided little time

    07/22/2013 9:01:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Bill McMorris
    President Barack Obama gave the Senate just one day to vet his new nominees to the National Labor Relations Board. The White House presented the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) with vetting documents for former AFL-CIO lawyer Nancy Schiffer and NLRB Democratic lawyer Kent Hirozawa on the eve of their confirmation hearing, according to Senate sources. Federal law mandates that NLRB nominees undergo tax, criminal, and conflict of interest background checks performed by the IRS, FBI, and Office of Government Ethics, respectively. The HELP committee rules require the White House to turn over vetting documents at...
  • The Fix Was In: Ousted NLRB Member Offered NLRB General Counsel Job A Day After Senate Deal

    07/18/2013 2:55:24 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    Red State ^ | July 18, 2013 | LaborUnionReport
    The Tuesday Senate deal cut by Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday to avoid the “nuclear option” just keeps getting better and better…for union bosses. You may recall that on Tuesday, the only “victory” that Republicans could lay claim to (in exchange for their giving Harry Reid nearly everything Democrats wanted) was that two of Barack Obama’s constitutionally-challenged “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board would be let go. Well, as it turns out, while Operating Engineers’ chief counsel Richard Griffin is being tossed from his seat on the NLRB as a member, he is now being offered the position...
  • Third federal appeals court invalidates Obama NLRB recess appointment

    07/17/2013 3:12:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 7/17/13 | Staff
    RICHMOND, Va. – A third federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that President Obama´s recess appointments of three National Labor Relations Board members was unconstitutional. A divided three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals joined federal appeals courts in the District of Columbia and Philadelphia in ruling that the Senate wasn´t really in recess when Obama filled the vacancies during an extended holiday break in January 2012. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the D.C. case. However, the legal dispute may have been resolved politically. Obama on Tuesday nominated two new NLRB appointees to replace those
  • McCain Orchestrates Another GOP Surrender

    07/17/2013 8:56:17 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 32 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 7-17-2013 | Mike Flynn
    Sen. John McCain spent the weekend negotiating with Majority Leader Harry Reid on a deal to avert Reid's threatened use of the "nuclear option" to change Senate rules to eliminate filibusters on Presidential nominations. Through his efforts, McCain was able to secure a complete GOP capitulation on 7 pending nominations. Reid secured all the benefits of exercising the "nuclear option" without the political cost of actually using it. Under the McCain deal, the GOP will provide enough votes to secure the 60 votes needed for cloture and proceed to final consideration of the 7 nominees. In exchange, Reid agreed to...
  • Democrats win votes on four nominees in ‘nuclear option’ showdown(Wimp McConnell caves once again)

    07/17/2013 5:25:00 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 22 replies
    wash times ^ | 7/17/13
    Bowing to an ultimatum, Senate Republicans agreed Tuesday to drop objections to key Obama administration nominees, delivering a victory to Senate Democrats who said they will shelve — for now — their own plans to change the rules and curtail filibusters. The last-minute deal, announced just before the Senate was slated to hold a critical test vote, still leaves Democrats able to employ the so-called “nuclear option” and change the filibuster rules later this year if they think Republicans are obstructing appointments unfairly. Republicans said they got President Obama to withdraw two controversial nominees to the National Labor Relations Board,...
  • NBC: McCain moving to head off filibuster change

    07/15/2013 11:37:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 7/15/13 | Ed Morrissey
    In 2005, then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist threatened to end the filibuster for judicial appointments by forcing a mid-session rule change on a majority vote, an act that would have ended two centuries of precedent. Before he could act, though, the Gang of 14 arose, led by Republican John McCain, to preserve the senatorial tradition, brokering a deal that left conservatives fuming by depriving Frist of his partisan majority. Eight years later, with Harry Reid threatening to take the same action on executive-branch appointments, where is that Old Gang of Ours? According to NBC, at least McCain might be riding...
  • Republicans accuse Obama of exceeding authority

    07/09/2013 6:06:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 9, 2013 5:55 PM EDT | David Espo
    In the courts of law and public opinion, congressional Republicans increasingly accuse President Barack Obama of exceeding his constitutional authority for the benefit of special interests, most recently by delaying a requirement for businesses to provide health care for their workers. In one instance, Senate Republicans formally backed a lawsuit challenging the president’s appointment of three members of the National Labor Relations Board without confirmation. The Supreme Court has agreed to review a ruling in the case, which found that Obama overstepped his bounds. Most recently, the White House’s decision to postpone a key part of the president's health care...
  • More Executive Abuse of Power: Obama Stacks the NLRB

    07/02/2013 9:39:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    RedState ^ | 7-3-2013 | Ben Howe
    Cablevision has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in an investigation by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) about complaints involving 22 former workers that were allegedly wrongfully terminated. This battle between the media giant and the Communications Workers of America is hardly new information as they have been fighting for the past year, but this most recent move is telling specifically because of what it implies about the authority of the NLRB. A different case, National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, a court is considering the idea that the NLRB’s members, or at least 3 of them,...
  • The More You Learn, The Less You'll Like: Nominee is Bad News For Obama Labor Board

    06/11/2013 5:19:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2013 | Hector Barreto
    Last week, we learned a little more about President Obama’s nominee to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). We started the week knowing that Richard Griffin is a defendant in an embezzlement and racketeering lawsuit. He is named in the portion of the suit dealing with a cover up. According to The Wall Street Journal, “Mr. Griffin is named in a federal complaint filed in October by 10 members of IUOE Local 501, out of Los Angeles, which describes a ‘scheme to defraud [the local] out of revenue, cost savings and membership,’ by means of kickbacks, bribery, violent threats and...
  • President Obama drowning in corruption scandals

    06/03/2013 1:25:06 AM PDT · by South40 · 32 replies
    WashingtonTimes.com ^ | May 29, 2013 | Eric Golub
    LOS ANGELES, May 29, 2013 —President Obama is drowning in corruption scandals. Whether you believe he is an innocent victim, incompetent bungler or nefarious schemer, one thing is certain. These scandals will not disappear just because he and his supporters want them to. We asked the question in January,is President Obama corrupt? “Solyndra, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the NLRB suing Boeing, and Lisa Jackson’s EPA emails are all serious scandals involving government corruption at the highest levels. At the minimum they show Obama to be ignorant or indifferent to what’s going on in his own administration.” Those words appeared here...
  • Senate GOP asks High Court to invalidate recess appointments

    05/28/2013 2:38:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 28, 2013 | Julian Hattem
    All 45 GOP senators signed a brief calling Obama's appointments an unconstitutional abuse of power. The Senate GOP conference has asked the Supreme Court to invalidate President Obama's January 2012 recess appointments as an unconstitutional abuse of power. All 45 Repubican senators on Tuesday signed on to a brief arguing that Obama overstepped his authority in naming members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) while the Senate was technically still in session. “The president’s decision to circumvent the American people by installing his appointees at a powerful federal agency while the Senate was continuing to hold sessions, and without...
  • Another federal circuit court hacks away at recess appointments (Craig Becker appointment)

    05/17/2013 6:07:52 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 2 replies
    ConservativeIntel.com ^ | 5/17/13 | David Freddoso
    The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals struck a huge blow against a much-abused presidential power yesterday in invalidating Craig Becker's 2010 appointment to the National Labor Relations Board. I think it's great news -- the recess appointment is an outdated accommodation for the executive branch, and no president from any party should have such power...But bear in mind that although this decision does resemble a recent one by the D.C. Circuit, it isn't about Obama's flagrantly illegal appointments to the NLRB from last January. This calls nearly all recess appointments into question, and it gives the Supreme Court a...
  • Second appeals court invalidates Obama's NLRB recess appointments

    05/16/2013 12:43:06 PM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | May 16, 2013 | Tal Kopan
    A second appeals court has joined the D.C. Circuit in ruling that President Barack Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional, concluding that some board actions taken in the wake of those appointments were also invalid. The issue has far-reaching implications for both the NLRB and other boards, including Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has been a frequent target of conservatives and whose director was a recess appointment. The 2-1 decision Thursday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (posted here) found that the presidential recess appointment power is limited to breaks...
  • Unions mobilize as labor board faces paralysis in Obama’s second term

    05/14/2013 1:34:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 14, 2013 | Kevin Bogardus
    Labor is mounting an all-out push to fill the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as the agency faces the prospect of being sidelined for the rest of President Obama’s second term. Unions of all stripes have told Senate Democrats that they need to move on all five of Obama's nominees to the labor board, even if it takes a controversial change to filibuster rules to make it happen. “Without this, there's nothing [to protect workers],” said Larry Cohen, the president of the Communications Workers of America. (CWA) “It's a floor and now the floor is caving in as well.” The...
  • SEAL Team Six is the only agency Obama controls; the ones that get things wrong are ‘independent’

    05/14/2013 8:01:45 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 5 replies
    ConservativeIntel.com ^ | 5/14/13 | David Freddoso
    If you’ve been watching President Obama react to this week’s government scandals, you’ve probably noticed something. Whenever things go south, it always seems to happen in some agency that President Obama doesn’t actually control — an agency that is “independent,” either in the strict legal sense or in a more informal one. This week, a lot of things have gone wrong in the federal government, and Obama suddenly seems to control less of his administration than ever before. In fact, in asserting the independence of every major agency that screws something up, Obama is making a strong case that we...
  • Union poster rule struck down in court (NLRB loses again)

    05/07/2013 11:33:59 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 7, 2013 | Megan R. Wilson
    A federal appeals on Tuesday court struck down regulations that would require posters about union rights in the workplace. The court said the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) violated the First Amendment when it mandated that businesses place notices in the workplace and on their company websites informing employees of their rights to unionize. Business that failed to comply would have faced charges of promoting “unfair labor practices.” Industry groups, which quickly challenged the rule after it was issued, cheered the ruling. Jay Timmons, the president and chief executive of the National Association of Manufacturers, pledged to remain vigilant against...
  • Obama asks Supreme Court to review appointments ruling

    04/25/2013 1:35:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 25, 2013 | by Lawrence Hurley and Amanda Becker
    Setting the stage for a constitutional showdown, the Obama administration on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to rule that presidents have broad authority to make certain appointments without Senate approval. In January the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that three appointments to the panel, which normally has five members, were invalid. In the brief filed on Thursday, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli defended the recess appointment powers of the president, disputing the court's conclusion that it can only be used in the period between formal sessions of the Senate. If the appeals court ruling was...
  • Despite Veto Threat, U.S. House Votes To Freeze Obama’s Constitutionally-Challenged NLRB

    04/18/2013 3:11:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    RedState ^ | 4/13/13
    Despite the threat of a Presidential veto, on Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act to halt the National Labor Relations Board from issuing decisions or rulings until the U.S. Supreme Court can rule on the NLRB’s legitimacy or nominees are properly confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The bill was drafted in an effort to rein in the labor relations chaos created when Obama’s ‘recess’ appointees to the National Labor Relations Board were found to be unconstitutionally appointed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Since the...
  • Obama to appeal recess appointment ruling to Supreme Court

    03/12/2013 3:08:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 12, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama will elevate the controversy over his recess appointment powers to the highest level, with the National Labor Relations Board announcing Tuesday it will appeal to the Supreme Court a lower-court ruling that held his appointments to the board were illegal. That move will put the thorny case straight before the justices, who will have to decide whether Mr. Obama overstepped his constitutional powers when he did an end-run around Congress last year and named three board members — using his recess-appointment powers at a time when the Senate considered itself still in session. In January a three-judge panel...
  • Gowdy Devastates White House NLRB Appointees Talking Points & Big Labor Witness

    02/21/2013 8:11:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/21/13 | Right2WorkCommittee
    It wasn't surprising that Big Labor Democrats would choose a labor union lawyer to present the White House talking points to justify his unconstitutional appointments of National Labor Relations Board members. However, when the labor concluded her opening remarks saying that congress having hearing regarding unconstitutional appointments made them shills for the 1%, she lost a lot of credibility. If she any credibility left after her opening statements, it was soon to be destroyed as were the White House talking points that she was shilling. Elizabeth Reynolds the lawyer from Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy was questioned by South Carolina Congressman...
  • *Obama renominates contentious labor board picks

    02/13/2013 12:35:50 PM PST · by libstripper · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Feb. 13, 2013 | Dave Boyer
    In a provocative move, President Obama Wednesday re-nominated two controversial Democratic candidates to the National Labor Relations Board just weeks after a federal court invalided their recess appointments to the posts. Mr. Obama again nominated Sharon Block, a former Democratic Labor Department official, and Richard Griffin, a Democratic union lawyer, to serve on the NLRB
  • Corker: NLRB, CFPB actions could be invalid (Hussein unconstitutional)

    01/27/2013 4:43:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/27/13 | JAKE SHERMAN
    **SNIP** Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said the administration was forced to use recess appointments because of Republican intransigence. “In its frustration, this administration said ‘we were elected to govern,’” Durbin said. “And whether it’s the National Labor Relations Board or whatever they wanted to put people in place to govern.”
  • NOEL CANNING v. NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD

    01/26/2013 8:09:20 AM PST · by libstripper · 4 replies
    amazonaws.com (D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals) ^ | January 25, 2013 | D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
    SENTELLE, Chief Judge: Noel Canning petitions for review of a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “the Board”)decision finding that Noel Canning violated section 8(a)(1) and (5) of the National Labor Relations Act . . .
  • A Federal Court Had Three Words For Obama's Recess Appointments

    01/25/2013 4:57:02 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 14 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-25-13 | The Looking Spoon
    In case you missed it... Finally a good day for America, it's been a while.
  • Yes, President Obama, the Constitution applies to you, too (Surprise, surprise. He's not the king)

    01/25/2013 5:33:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    FOX News.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Loyd Green
    Sometimes, Barack Obama acts like the Constitution does not apply to him and the Congress is an imaginary being. Friday, the United States Court of Appeals brought the president back to Earth and reminded him that that the Constitution’s Appointments Clause and the U.S. Senate are very much part of reality by voiding three of Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. The D.C. Circuit ruled that the president could not end-run the confirmation process merely because at the beginning of 2012 the U.S. Senate was meeting every three business days in, what lawyers call, pro forma session....
  • Court: Obama recess appointments unconstitutional

    01/25/2013 8:31:20 AM PST · by yoe · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 25, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal appeals court has overturned President Obama’s controversial recess appointments from last year, arguing he abused his powers and acted when the Senate was not actually in a recess. The three-judge panel’s ruling is a major blow to Mr. Obama. The judges ruled that the appointments Mr. Obama made to the National Labor Relations Board are illegal, and the board no longer has a quorum to operate. But the ruling has even broader constitutional significance, with the judges arguing that the president’s recess appointment powers don’t apply to “intrasession” appointments — those made when Congress has left town for...