Unconstitutional NLRB Appointments Need Oversight, Reform

Employers Laud House Hearing On Administration’s Illegal Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. // Today, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), which represents over 600 employers, associations and other organizations operating in every Congressional District, thanked the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Chairman Darrell Issa for holding a hearing on four unlawful appointments by the Obama administration.

On Jan. 4, 2012, President Obama ignored constitutionally established separation of powers and the rules of the U.S. Senate by appointing three individuals, Sharon Block (D), Richard Griffin (D) and Terence Flynn (R), to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) during a pro forma session.

CDW Chairman Geoffrey Burr said, “We thank Chairman Issa and the Committee for taking the first step toward to protecting the Constitution and, more immediately, millions of employers and their employees who will face rulings from an illegally constituted federal agency.” Burr added, “The sooner the administration must correct its actions, the better it will be for all involved. In this case, we truly can’t wait.”

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace is party to a recently filed lawsuit in federal court, in which the organization, along with the National Federation of Independent Business and National Right To Work, contend the validity of recent actions taken by the inappropriately constituted Board.

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