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Fri Jan 22, 2021, 09:38 PM

Biden Gave Union- Busting Trump Appointees A Taste of Their Own Medicine



- President Joe Biden at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.
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-'Biden Gave Trump’s Union Busters a Taste of Their Own Medicine.' Mark Joseph Stern, Slate, Jan. 22, 2021.

Twenty-three minutes after assuming the presidency, Joe Biden demanded the resignation of Peter Robb, the notoriously anti-union general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board appointed by Donald Trump. Robb refused to resign, so Biden fired him. Alice Stock, another anti-union Trump appointee, then assumed the role of acting general counsel—and Biden demanded her resignation the next day. Stock also refused to resign, so Biden fired her, too.

Both Robb and Stock, who relentlessly undermined unions’ ability to organize and bargain, are now complaining that Biden fired them without just cause. Stock went so far as to suggest that Robb’s firing was illegal. She is wrong. Robb and Stock were at-will employees of the executive. Like the countless American workers whom they prevented from unionizing, they had no guarantee against termination without just cause. Biden did not violate any laws. He simply gave the nation’s chief union busters a taste of their own medicine.

Given his vocal support of unions on the campaign trail, it’s no surprise Biden acted quickly to clean house at the National Labor Relations Board, a federal agency tasked with enforcing labor law. The NLRB is governed by a five-person board and a general counsel. Its general counsel is immensely powerful: He has authority to interpret federal labor laws and decide which unfair labor practice charges the agency should prosecute. Robb, a management-side lawyer and longtime union foe, used his powers to hobble unions’ ability to organize and bargain while destroying the agency from the inside. Over the last two years, Robb slashed the NLRB’s staff, hampering its ability to do its job, and attacked its own union. He championed the rights of managers to suppress free speech and refuse recognition of unions. Incredibly, Robb even prevented employers who support unions from helping their workers organize.

During the pandemic, he has consistently ruled against employees’ ability to demand safer working conditions through collective action. The situation grew so dire that many unions stopped filing complaints with the NLRB for fear that Robb would exploit them to establish radical anti-labor precedents. Conservative commentators have complained that Robb’s ouster violated the cherished norm of presidents tolerating their predecessor’s NLRB appointees until their terms expire. But in reality, it was Robb who busted norms by subverting the agency. Federal law explicitly requires the NLRB to promote collective bargaining as the economic policy of the United States. Time and again, Robb brazenly defied this statutory mandate. Biden seeks to bring the agency back in line with the law, and Robb was clearly standing in the way...

More, https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/01/peter-robb-alice-stock-nlrb-fired.html

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appalachiablue Jan 2021 OP
Stuart G Jan 2021 #1
Bluethroughu Jan 2021 #2
AZ8theist Jan 2021 #3
NoMoreRepugs Jan 2021 #4
safeinOhio Jan 2021 #5
dixiechiken1 Jan 2021 #6
dlk Jan 2021 #7
niyad Jan 2021 #8
Joinfortmill Jan 2021 #9
Tommymac Jan 2021 #10
appalachiablue Jan 2021 #11
George II Jan 2021 #13
Hekate Jan 2021 #17
George II Jan 2021 #12
chowder66 Jan 2021 #14
SunSeeker Jan 2021 #15
usaf-vet Jan 2021 #16
BobTheSubgenius Jan 2021 #18

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 09:41 PM

1. Is that Abe Lincoln in the Picture behind Joe?...If it is ..Joe is in good company & so is Abe..

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 09:44 PM

2. Union Busting is Disgusting!

Biden is kicken ass and naming names!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 09:45 PM

3. Good riddance to bad trash...

Fucking Nazi assholes.

Clean house, Joe. I'm sure there's plenty more Doturd fascists who need to be shown the door.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 09:55 PM

4. Rooting out the vermin will be fun to watch and most

importantly very informative for low information voters.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 09:56 PM

5. Some Karma

just ran over his Dogma.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 10:21 PM

6. My favorite excerpt:

Robb and Stock were at-will employees of the executive. Like the countless American workers whom they prevented from unionizing, they had no guarantee against termination without just cause.


Irony with a side of schadenfreude... YUMMY!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 10:58 PM

7. Speak softly...

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:40 PM

8. Makes me smile.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:42 PM

9. Love it

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:42 PM

10. Look For The Union Label

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Response to Tommymac (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:43 PM

11. !! +1

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Response to Tommymac (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:48 PM

13. Now you'll be humming this all weekend....

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Response to George II (Reply #13)

Sat Jan 23, 2021, 12:40 AM

17. I always loved that ad

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:46 PM

12. I can't believe I'm saying this, but Biden is starting off even better that Obama did.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:55 PM

14. Kick-ass headline, kick-ass article and kick-ass action from President Biden.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2021, 12:18 AM

15. Those scum have the nerve to whine about being fired.

They are totally unrepentant for working against labor in the Department of Labor. They were at-will employees and no cause was required for their firing, but there was more than enough ground for firing them for cause. They gleefully subverted the mission of their department

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2021, 12:29 AM

16. Keep digging, President Biden, find the Trump sycophants out and remove them from taxpayer jobs.

Day two with an adult in charge!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2021, 01:14 AM

18. The only thing I regret about these firings is that terminated employees are not likely to go hungry

or lose their homes as a result. THAT would be more than a taste.

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