I’ve supposed it’s happened before, but I’ve not seen it. A major liberal constituency targeting the White House with an action alert. It’s about time. Too bad some of the gay groups, health care reform groups, and other progressive groups don’t show this kind of chutzpah. There’s a point where it becomes useless, and downright counter-productive, being in the pocket of a White House that does little to follow through on its major promises, and frankly, finds your constituency little more than a bother, and even a bit of an embarrassment.
We’ve just learned that the Senate and the White House cut a last-minute deal with obstructionist Republicans to approve some of President Obama’s nominees. But guess who was left out of the deal? Yup, that’s right: working people.
Craig Becker and Mark Pearce, highly respected labor lawyers whom President Obama nominated for seats on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), weren’t included in the deal. Meanwhile, the NLRB, tasked with protecting American workers’ rights, has been handicapped with vacancies for the past two years.
Enough is enough. Call the White House switchboard today and demand that President Obama fight Republican obstructionism and use his executive power to appoint Craig Becker and Mark Pearce to the NLRB during the Presidents Day recess.
Call the White House Switchboard NOW: 202-456-1111 OR 202-456-1414.
Becker already has received majority backing in the Senate and both won committee support, but the Republican minority has continually blocked their appointments. America’s working people are getting short shrift and it’s past time to do something about it. Workers need an NLRB that can enforce the National Labor Relations Act and protect workers’ rights—not an NLRB handicapped by vacancies.
Richard L. Trumka