Monday, February 22, 2010

Settlement on hold over NLRB debate

Despite negotiating a settlement with the company, we have learned that the recent failure to appoint the final three members of the National Labor Relations Board is having a HUGE impact across the country, as cases (including ours) cannot be addressed until a full board is convened.

That's why we're asking you to help push for the final approval of the nominees for the Labor Board. There is no good reason to delay making a recess appointment for NLRB nominees Craig Becker and Mark Pearce, if that's what it takes to move forward.

Until this is completed, the settlement process remains on hold.

Call the White House Switchboard at 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414, and demand that this gridlock end immediately and appoint the final members for the NLRB. Call your congressman and do the same. Washington has to know that their inaction is hurting us, and we demand that it end immediately.

There shouldn't be any controversy over this issue - President Bush used recess appointments to appoint seven of nine NLRB nominees.

From the CWA National Headquarters:

CWA is continuing to press for NLRB nominees Craig Becker and Mark Pearce to be confirmed as soon as possible, with a recess appointment from President Obama if necessary.

With just two active members now on the NLRB, "thousands of fired workers can get no justice and hundreds of thousands have no bargaining rights as every critical case at the national level is frozen," said CWA President Larry Cohen.

Presidents routinely make appointments during the Senate recess, especially when lawmakers have refused to confirm nominees to critical positions. Ronald Reagan made 243 recess appointments, George W. Bush made 171, Bill Clinton made 140 and George H.W. Bush made 77.

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