Katie Gage

While the conversation in Washington, D.C. often focuses on who’s up and down, the discussion in towns and cities across the country is about one thing, jobs. And the small business owners who create the vast majority of jobs in our country quietly struggle to meet payroll each week in an incredibly challenging economic environment.

The frustration of these employers – and that of their employees – rests with their elected officials in Congress who fail to comprehend the stress and strain small businesses are under.

That lack of understanding was on clear display this past week with the nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Becker is a long time labor strategist and attorney for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

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While many Americans may not be familiar with it, the NLRB serves a critical function in industry. It governs relations between unions and employers in the private sector and ensures that both adhere to the National Labor Relations Act.

Therefore, a nominee to this agency must be carefully scrutinized. And the reality is that Becker’s record should disqualify him from being seated on the NLRB.

According to his own writings and public comments, Becker fervently believes that employers should have no say, no rights whatsoever in the unionization process. He even thinks that federal policies shouldn’t acknowledge the rights of workers and small business owners, only those of Big Labor. In short, he believes that America would be a better place if every worker was in a union.

By any objective or reasonable standard, Craig Becker is a labor radical who would force unionization on Americans. The result of Becker’s actions would be billions of additional dollars in increased union dues flowing to his superiors at the SEIU and AFL-CIO. And in return, Members of Congress doing Big Labor’s bidding would be rewarded with campaign contributions and other political gifts.

Katie Gage

Katie Gage is the executive director of the Workforce Fairness institute.