The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) opposing the re-nomination of SEIU Associate General Counsel Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  President Obama re-nominated Becker recently after his nomination was returned from the Senate in late 2009.  Among NAM’s many concerns about the nomination is the prospect that, following a legislative failure to enact EFCA, Mr. Becker may pursue its goals via the Board’s administrative mechanisms:

Mr. Becker’s views indicate that he believes the NLRB has the authority to make certain decisions that are pending in proposed legislation. Such positions include redefining the supervisory status of frontline supervisors in order to place such employees into labor union bargaining units with other eligible employees.  Mr. Becker has written extensively and positively about how the NLRB could rewrite current union election rules in favor of union organizers, a decision that should be left to Congress. We are particularly concerned that if confirmed, Mr. Becker would seek to advance aspects of the jobs-killing Employee Free Choice Act through actions of the NLRB.

Both NAM and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have requested Committee hearings on the nomination.