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Rep. George Miller Letter to NLRB Member Brian Hayes

Rep. George Miller Letter to NLRB Member Brian Hayes

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MAJOR!TYMEMBERS'MINORITYMEMBERS:JOHNKLINE,MINNESOTA,ChairmanGEORGEMILLER,CALIFORNIASeniorDemocraticMemberTHOMASE.PETRI,WISCONSINHOWARDP."BUCK"McKEON,CALIFORNIAJUDY8IGGERT,ILLINOISTODDRUSSELLPLATIS,PENNSYLVANIAJOEWILSON,SOUTHCAROLINAVIRGINIAFOXX,NORTHCAROLINA808GOODLATTE,VIRGINIADUNCANHUNTER,CALIFORNIADAVIDP.ROE,TENNESSEEGLENNTHOMPSON,PENNSYLVANIATIMWALBERG,MICHIGANSCOTTDESJARLAIS,TENNESSEERICHARD
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HANNA,NEWYORKTODDROKITA,INDIANALARRYBUCSHON,INDIANATREYGOWDY,SOUTHCAROLINALOUBARLETIA,PENNSYLVANIAKRISTIL.NOEM,SOUTHDAKOTAMARTHAROBY,ALABAMAJOSEPHJ.HECK,NEVADADENNISA.ROSS,FLORIDAMIKEKELLY,PENNSYLVANIA
2181RAYBURNHOUSEOFFICEBUILDING
DALEE.KILDEE,MICHIGAN,ViceChairmanDONALDM.PAYNE,NEWJERSEYROBERTE.ANDREWS,NEWJERSEYROBERTC."BOBBY"SCOTT,VIRGINIALYNNC.WOOLSEY,CALIFORNIARUBENHINOJOSA,TEXASCAROLYNMcCARTHY,NEWYORKJOHNF.TIERNEY,MASSACHUSETTSDENNISJ.KUCINICH,OHIODAVIDWU,OREGONRUSHD.HOLT,NEWJERSEYSUSANA.DAVIS,CALIFORNIARAULM.GRIJALVA,ARIZONATIMOTHYH.BISHOP,NEWYORKDAVIDLOEBSACK,IOWAMAZIEK.HIRONO,HAWAII
COMMITTEEONEDUCATIONANDTHEWORKFORCE
u.s.
HOUSEOFREPRESENTATIVESWASHINGTON,DC20515-6100
November23,2011TheHonorableBrianHayesBoardMemberNationalLaborRelationsBoard109914thSt.N.W.Washington,D.C.20570-0001DearMemberHayes:IrespectfullyrequestthatyouprovidemeandtheCommitteeonEducationandtheWorkforcewithinformationregardinganyrequests,recommendations,ordemandsthatyouoryourofficehavereceivedcallinguponyoutoresignfrom,obstruct,orotherwiseincapacitatetheNationalLaborRelationsBoard("theBoard"),aswellasanyoffersordiscussionsregardingfutureemployment.Asyouarefullyaware,theBoardisanindependentfederalagencythatadministersandenforcestheNationalLaborRelationsActforbothemployersandemployees.IAfunctioningBoardiscriticaltostablelaborrelationsinthiscountry.TheU.S.SupremeCourthas
ruled"
thattheBoardmusthaveathree-memberquoruminordertoexecutemanyofitsresponsibilities.Youtookanoathtofulfillthoseresponsibilities.DuringtheSenateconfirmationprocess,youaffirmedunderoathyourintentiontoservethefulltermtowhichyouwereappointed.IfyouresignbeforethePresidentcanappoint,ortheSenatecanconfirm,aMembertotheBoardtoreplaceyou,youwilleffectivelyshutdowntheBoard'sultimatedecision-makingauthority.
I
avereadreportsofspecialinterestorganizationsandindividualscallingonyoutoresignpreciselytoincapacitatetheBoard.
I
malsoinreceiptofaNovember21,2011,letterfromBoardChairmanPearcetoyou,indicatingthatyouhaveindeedthreatenedtoresign.Theopencallstoresign,followedbythethreatsyouallegedlyhavemade,raisethespecterofprivaterequestsaswell.
I
mconcernedthatanydecisiontoresignprematurelywillbetheresultofobjectionablemotivesorimproperinfluence.TheseopencallsforyoutocrippletheBoardbeganatleastasearlyasAugust2011.ThewebsiteLaborl.Inionkeport.com''urgedyou"toresignyourpositionasamemberoftheNationalLaborRelationsBoard,"assertingthat"[i]fyouresignyourposition,theNLRBwillbecomeincapacitated."LaborUnionReport.comaddedthat"yourresignationwillhelpincapacitatetheNLRBuntilafterthe2012elections.?"
It
ismyunderstandingthatthiswebsiteisownedbyaunionavoidanceconsultingfirmcalledKulture,LLC.Aroundthesametime,SouthCarolinaGovernorNikkiHaleyannouncedthatshetooIpub.
L.
74-198,49Stat.452.
2
OnJune17,2010,theSupremeCourtruledin
NewProcessSteelvs.theNLRB
(130
S.
Ct.2635),thatthetwo-memberBoardlackedtheauthoritytodecidecases.
3
http://www.laborunionreport.comiportaV2011/08/an-open-Ietter-to-gop-nlrb-mernber-brian-hayes-please-resign-immediately/
4
Id.
 
TheHonorableBrianHayesNovember23,2011Page2supportsyourresignationinordertoshut-downtheBoard.
5
AccordingtoChairmanPearce'sletter,youmadeyourthreattoresigninmid-October2011.Shortofresignation,thereareindiciaofotherbehaviorsthatappeardesignedtoincapacitatetheBoardorotherwiseobstructitsbusiness.Forexample,yourNovember18,2011,lettertoChairmanKlineindicatesthatyoubelieveyoucansingle-handedlyshutdownanyactionoftheBoard,bymerelywithholdingyourconsentfromtheBoardtoact,thoughyouoffernoplausiblelegalargumentforsuchpower.Additionally,yourNovember18lettercomplainsthatyouhavebeenexcludedfromarulemakingprocess.Tothecontrary,ChairmanPearce'sNovember21,2011,lettertoyouprovidesnumerousexamplesofyourallegedfailuretoattendbriefings,haveyourstaffparticipateincommentreviews,engageothermembersoftheBoardaboutthesubstanceofproposalsortheprocess,respondtorequestsfromothermembersoftheBoardtoprovideyourviews,orattendregularlyscheduledmeetingsoftheBoard.Allofthesedevelopments-fromthepubliccallsforyourresignationtothebehaviorsdescribedinChairmanPearce'sletter-paintatroublingpictureofyouractivity-orinactivity-attheBoard.TheintegrityandviabilityoftheBoarddependuponthegoodfaithexecutionofitsMembers'responsibilities.ThreateningtoshutdowntheBoarditselfiffellowMembersmakepolicychoiceswithwhichyoudisagreeis,tomyknowledge,unprecedentedbehaviorfromaMemberoftheBoard.BecauseIamlessawareoftheprivaterequestsorenticementsthatyoumayhavereceivedtoresignprematurely,threatentodoso,orotherwiseobstructorincapacitatetheBoard,Ihaveattachedaspecificlistofrequestedinformationtoshedlightonthosecommunications.1havealsoincludedspecificinstructionsastohowyoushouldproducethatinformationtomeandtheCommitteenolaterthanFriday,December2,2011.Ifyouhavequestionsregardingthisrequest,pleasecontactmeordirectyourstafftocontacttheCommittee'sInvestigativeCounsel,KateAhlgren,whomaybereachedat(202)225-3725.Iappreciateyourattentiontothismatter.Sincerely,
bO~l:~\~
GEORGEMILLER
SeniorDemocratCommitteeonEducationandtheWorkforcecc:ChairmanJohnKlineEnclosures
5
http://dailycaller.com/2011109/01/s-c-gov-supports-crippling-un-american-nIrb-including-resignation-of-lone-gop-member/
2
 
Schedule
1.AlistofallcommunicationsbetweentheHonorableBrianHayesandanypartiesexternaltotheNationalLaborRelationsBoard("theBoard)regardingMemberHayes'resignationfromtheBoardorfutureemploymentfromDecember1,2010,throughthedateofthisrequest.Thelistshallincludethedateanddescriptionofeachsuchcommunicationandtheidentitiesoftheindividualsinvolved.2.AlldocumentsrelatedtosuchcommunicationsfromDecember1,2010,throughthedateofthisrequest.3.AlldocumentsrelatedtotheBoard'srequiredethicstrainingcompletedbytheHonorableBrianHayesfromJune29,2010,throughthedateofthisrequest.4.AcopyoftheHonorableBrianHayes'executed
EthicsCommitmentbyExecutiveBranchPersonnel
pursuanttoExecutiveOrder13490(January21,2009).3

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