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Sharon Block Richard Griffin Nominee Alert HighRes 12.30

Sharon Block Richard Griffin Nominee Alert HighRes 12.30

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Published by: Adam Bitely on Jan 05, 2012
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Nominee
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Block’sBackground
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs, U.S.Department of Labor Senior Labor and EmploymentCounsel, Committee on Health,Education, Labor, and Pensions,U.S. SenateSenior Attorney, NLRBAttorney, Appellate Court Branch,NLRB
EDUCATION
B.A., Columbia UniversityJ.D., Georgetown University LawCenter 
Griffin’sBackground
General Counsel, IUOEAssociate General Counsel, IUOECounsel, NLRB
EDUCATION
B.A., Yale UniversityJ.D., Northeastern UniversitySchool of Law
Who are Sharon Block & Richard Griffin?
On December 15, 2011 President Obamanominated Sharon Block and Richard Griffin tobe members of the National Labor RelationsBoard (NLRB).Sharon Block workedas a senior staffer for Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) on the SenateHealth, Education,Labor, and PensionsCommittee. During her time on the committee,Democrats spent muchof their timeunsuccessfully trying topass card-checklegislation.During her previous tenure at the NLRB, shedefended the board’s decision to awardbackpay to an illegal immigrant. The SupremeCourt reversed the board’s decision. Fn.1.In another case, she sought to force a trashcollection company to recognize a union after an election marred by the NLRB’s negligenceand union misconduct. A federal appeals courtrejected the NLRB’s petition for enforcement.An NLRB official had overslept and failed tooversee the planned unionization election. Theboard then arbitrarilyrescheduled the electionwithout consultinganyone. The companyalleged that someemployees switched their votes because theythought that managementhad caused the delay.Furthermore, it wasalleged that a unionorganizer had promisedthat those who voted for the union would have their $300 union initiationfees waived. The NLRB refused to even hold ahearing to examine the company’s objections tocertifying the union. Fn.2.Richard Griffin has spent decades working for labor. For the past seventeen years, he hasserved as general counsel for the International
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Sharon Block & Richard Griffin,Nominees for 
Corporation
Member,National Labor Relations Board
 
“At minimum, the NLRBshould be an impartial andrespected arbiter. Given theAFL-CIO’s strong supportfor these liberal nominees,they lack credibility andshould be rejected.”
 
-Bill Wilson, President, Americans for Limited Government 
December 2011

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