Fred Wszolek

“Public documents…show that more than 60 IUOE members have been arrested, indicted or jailed in the last decade on charges that include labor racketeering, extortion, criminal enterprise, bodily harm and workplace sabotage.”

“In some of the more egregious examples, federal prosecutors alleged in February 2003 that the Genovese and Colombo crime families wrested control of two IUOE locals, and stole $3.6 million from major New York area construction projects – including the Museum of Modern Art and minor league baseball stadiums for the Yankees and Mets in Staten and Coney Islands.”

All of this has received the attention of Members of Congress. No less than three bills have been introduced in the last week addressing President Obama’s Labor Board.

Senator Barrasso introduced the “NLRB Freeze Act of 2013,” which would stop the agency from “enforcing rules, regulations and decisions issued since January 2012.” Senator Blunt introduced “The Advice and Consent Restoration Act,” which eliminates Griffin and Block’s salaries, and “block[s] the board from taking any action until these appointees are legally confirmed.” And Senators Johanns and Alexander rolled out “The Restoring the Constitutional Balance of Power Act of 2013,” which “prohibits [the] NLRB from undertaking or enforcing any decisions that required the approval of a quorum of board members.”

All of this precedes a letter sent to Griffin and Block signed by 40 U.S. Senators calling on them to step aside. In part the letter states, “We write to insist that you immediately leave the National Labor Relations Board, withdraw from all Board activities and stop drawing salaries and other benefits associated with the positions you purport to hold, as your purported appointments have been found constitutionally invalid.”

The writing is on the wall. Enough is enough. It is time for Richard Griffin and Sharon Block to go.


Fred Wszolek

Fred Wszolek is a spokesman for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI).