Obama pick for NLRB was top lawyer for union , with history of corruption
Obama appointed Richard Griffin, to LMRB who was former general counsel for the 400,000-member union of heavy equipment operators a union tainted over the years by mob connections and a history of corruption.
Because he was a recess appointed, Richard Griffin, Jr., underwent no congressional scrutiny before he was sworn in on Jan. 9 of this year.
At the time of his recess appointment, Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said he was, “extremely disappointed” in Obama’s decision to “avoid the constitutionally mandated Senate confirmation process.” He said that two of three nominees for the NLRB, including Griffin, were submitted to the Senate on Dec. 15, just before the Senate was to adjourn, allowing only a day to review the nominees.
Griffin has been an advocate for enhanced NLRB power for decades. In 1988 testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Employer/Employee relations, Griffin, who was then serving on the Board of Trustees of IUOE’s Central Pension Fund, argued for more power for the NLRB to fine companies without a court order to enforce its rulings. He also argued against legislation that would have forced the NLRB and the Department of Labor to pay the legal costs for small businesses who won in court against unions.
The president delayed his appointment by one day until the start of a new congressional session effectively doubling to two years his stay. Recess appointments last until the end of the Senate’s next session meaning Griffin will sit on the NLRB until December 2013.
Another failure by Obama and his White House Gang to appoint the best qualified person to a presidential appointee position.