ARLINGTON, Va. — President Obama’s appointment of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board has raised the ire of trade groups, including the Retail Industry Leaders Association, which in a statement Friday said the action would interfere with the economic recovery by leading to costly burdens on business.
The RILA, which represents big-box retailers, also said the recently passed health-care reform “fails to reduce costs in a meaningful way and limits’ retailers’ ability to tailor the benefits they offer to the unique needs of their workforce.”
The group described Becker, general counsel to the Service Employees International Union, as a “radical union lawyer” with “an outspoken desire to limit employer rights.”
Obama appointed Becker, along with Mark Gaston Pearce, on an interim basis on March 27 to fill vacancies on the board. Three of the five seats on the NLRB board, the agency to safeguard employee rights, have been vacant since 2008.
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