Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Congratulations to our own Jeff Hirsch for being extensively quoted in a BNA article (subscription required) on the Senate Republican's unanimous opposition to the re-nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Becker is currently serving under a recess appointment until the end of this year.
Here's what Jeff had to say:
Jeffrey Hirsch, associate professor of law at the University of Tennessee, questioned the senators' characterization of Becker as leading the NLRB into some of the decisions it has made in the past 10 months.
Hirsch observed that Becker dissented from a ruling in Humane Society of Seattle/Kings County, 356 N.L.R.B. No. 13, 189 LRRM 1440 (2010), in which Liebman and Pearce were in the majority on an election objection issue, while Becker was in the minority in Wheeling Island Gaming Inc., 355 N.L.R.B. No. 127, 189 LRRM 1422 (2010), in which Liebman and Schaumber outvoted him on a bargaining unit issue.
Noting that many of the cases addressed by the board during Becker's recess appointment were pending long before Becker was sworn in, Hirsch said Becker is only one voice on the board.
Commenting that Liebman and Pearce have their own views and that Liebman in particular is “no shrinking violet,” the law professor said it is difficult for those outside NLRB to assess the influence of any one member on the board as a whole.
Absoluely correct, Jeff. Keep those Senators honest and make them pay attention to the facts (even though those facts may be inconvient politically for them).