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National Labor Relations Board Nominee Blocked in the Senate

Publication Date: 
February 09, 2010
Source: 
News Junkie Post
Author: 
Leigh Ann Caldwell

Professor Emeritus William Gould, an expert in labor and employment law, is quoted on the nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board:

In snowy Washington, two Democrats joined all Republicans to block the nomination of Craig Becker to sit on the National Labor Relations Board from moving forward with a vote tally of 52-33.

With 15 Senators missing, the vote tally fell eight votes short of the 60 necessary to pass.

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William Gould, Professor of Labor Law at Stanford University, was Chair of the NLRB during the Clinton administration. He said union opponents have long used the board to protect employers.

“With all its imperfections, it is better for workers than nothing, and Republicans recognize this and have no incentive to make the agency go forward. Contrarily, the Democrats have every inventive to make the agency go forward,” Gould said.

Gould says the board has often failed to protect workers because of what he calls, the “lethargy” of the board. In other words: inaction. He says workplace complaints can take years before receiving a decision.

“The board has been harmed by political appointees who won‘t make decisions,” Gould said.