Craig Becker’s nomination to the National Labor Relations Board was blocked by the Senate today. The vote was 52-33. Sixty votes were needed to pass his nomination. This is a blow to the Obama administration and the union movement as Becker was considered very pro union. Politico today reported that the battle may not be over as Democrats and union leaders will be pressing President Obama to make a recess appointment. See Senate Stops Craig Becker
Objection to Becker also stems from the opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act which if enacted would make it easier for unions to organize. Many senators are also concerned about the possible elimination of secret personal voting. If the Obama adminstration is committed to job growth, it might want to reconsider these positions. We have recently written on this. See Does Increased Unionism lead to more Unemployment?
Stay tuned the battle is not over. Just stalled for now.