Allegations that NLRB’s Craig Becker is violating Obama’s ‘ethics pledge’ resurface with Boeing case

Matthew Boyle
The Daily Caller

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Craig Becker must recuse himself from the case against Boeing or violate President Barack Obama’s ethics pledge, critics say.

A union affiliated with Becker’s former employer, the AFL-CIO, is suing Boeing for opening a new factory in South Carolina, allegedly in retaliation against union workers in Washington state.

But since Becker didn’t directly represent the International Association of Machinists (IAM), the union filing the suit, he may be able to squeeze through a loophole in the pledge.

Becker was employed by the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) until at least February 2009, according to the White House. According to one interpretation of the pledge, Becker can rule on cases involving affiliates of those unions as long as the international-level unions aren’t named in the case or providing counsel for a party.

Critics say it is unacceptable for Becker to rule on cases directly affecting his former employers, their affiliates or their allies…

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