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February 02, 2010


Stan Greer

I think the primary reason Craig Becker's nomination is so controversial is that the public positions he has taken are so extreme.

For example, Becker once wrote, in a journal entitled New Labor Forum: "At first blush it might seem fair to give workers the choice to remain unrepresented. But, in giving workers this option, US labor law grants employers a powerful incentive to campaign for a vote of no representation." Elsewhere in the article, Becker bemoaned the fact that private-sector unionization is lower in the U.S. than in many other countries and indicated the reason is that "the law does not mandate a system of democratic workplace governance."

In other words, workers should have no choice, either individually or collectively, over whether or not they have an "exclusive" union bargaining agent. That should be "mandated." Workers' only choice should be over which union they get.

This perspective, which Becker has reiterated in at least one other forum, is way outside the mainstream of American thought on labor policy, and is simply unfitting for an NLRB nominee.

Stan Greer
National Right to Work Committee
National Institute for Labor Relations Research

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