The Senate’s decisive defeat of confirmation of radical labor lawyer Craig Becker is the first tangible result of the Massachusetts Miracle, which made Scott Brown the 41st Republican in the U.S. Senate. Two red-state Democrats also voted not to proceed toward a vote on President Obama’s nomination of Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Becker is a top lawyer for the Service Employees International Union, which spent $60 million to elect Obama. SEIU’s boss, Andy Stern, was the most frequent visitor to Obama’s White House last year.
The NLRB is supposed to be a neutral arbiter of labor disputes. Becker had other plans for the NLRB; he was expected to try to implement what is called “Card Check” even though Congress has declined to pass it.
Card Check is a bill to eliminate the secret ballot by which employees have the right to vote yea or nay on authorizing a union as their bargaining agent. Card Check would replace the secret ballot with allowing union officials to intimidate employees into just signing a card.