Washington, D.C. (December 6, 2011) – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today released the following statement in response to attempts by Congressman George Miller to malign National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Member Brian Hayes without any apparent evidence, while completely ignoring Big Labor puppet Craig Becker’s glaring and reported conflict of interest:
“We have always known – as just about everyone else – that George Miller was in the back pocket of labor bosses. This is the man who supported the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act for American workers even though it eliminated the secret ballot, while he actively sought to defend the right to a private vote for Mexican nationals,” said Fred Wszolek, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI). “Miller has benefitted from Big Labor’s largesse and appears to once again be doing their bidding. In attempting to smear National Labor Relations Board Member Brian Hayes without what appears to be a credible shred of evidence, Miller has demonstrated his complete lack of respect for himself or anyone else, starting with his own constituents. Worse yet, Miller has remained silent while Board Member Craig Becker decided matters benefitting his previous employers at the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in spite of an obvious conflict of interest. Miller has never sought to ask and Becker has refused to disclose whether he has a retirement or pension with these same unions as he makes decisions that fatten their coffers and presumably aids his own financial interests. President Obama’s labor board has been defined by its efforts to kill jobs and waste taxpayer dollars and Miller’s efforts serve as nothing more than a feeble attempt to distract from that reality.”
“NLRB Watchdog ‘Concerned’ By Claim That Republican Had Incentive To Quit”:
“The watchdog for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is concerned about accusations that the board’s lone Republican member might have been offered an ‘enticement’ to resign. Dave Berry, the NLRB’s inspector general, told The Hill his office is aware of the allegations that the labor board’s lone Republican member, Brian Hayes, might have been offered something of value to leave his position. Hayes made a resignation threat in October to Mark Pearce, the board’s Democratic chairman, but has since decided against leaving the board. His resignation would have reduced the NLRB to two members, leaving it without a quorum and unable to render rulings or regulations, including a contentious rule that would speed up union elections that Hayes and many Republicans are opposed to … The allegations stem from a letter that Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s ranking member, sent to Hayes last month about his resignation threat. ‘I have read reports of special interest organizations and individuals calling on you to resign precisely to incapacitate the board,’ Miller wrote in his letter to Hayes. ‘The open calls to resign, followed by the threats you allegedly have made, raise the specter of private requests as well. I am concerned that any decision to resign prematurely will be the result of objectionable motives or improper influence.’” (Kevin Bogardus, “NLRB Watchdog ‘Concerned’ By Claim That Republican Had Incentive To Quit,” The Hill, 12/5/11)
“Allegations That NLRB’s Craig Becker Is Violating Obama’s ‘Ethics Pledge’ Resurface With Boeing Case”:
“National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Craig Becker must recuse himself from the case against Boeing or violate President Barack Obama’s ethics pledge, critics say. A union affiliated with Becker’s former employer, the AFL-CIO, is suing Boeing for opening a new factory in South Carolina, allegedly in retaliation against union workers in Washington state. But since Becker didn’t directly represent the International Association of Machinists (IAM), the union filing the suit, he may be able to squeeze through a loophole in the pledge. Becker was employed by the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) until at least February 2009, according to the White House.” (Matthew Boyle, “Allegations That NLRB’s Craig Becker Is Violating Obama’s ‘Ethics Pledge’ Resurface With Boeing Case,” The Daily Caller, 7/5/11)
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