The Honorable Tom Harkin
Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
731 Hart Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
It is my understanding that you have scheduled an executive session in the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee for October 21 to consider a number of nominations referred to the HELP Committee, including Mr. Craig Becker, who is nominated to a five year term on the National Labor Relations Board. To date, the Senate HELP Committee has not held a hearing on the current nominees to the NLRB, a bipartisan body that has the crucial task of overseeing, in a balanced fashion, our nation's workplace laws governed by the National Labor Relations Act. I am writing to strongly recommend and request that you hold a public hearing on Mr. Becker's nomination prior to the Committee's full consideration of the nominees.
The NLRB has a critical role in supervising union organization campaigns and in preventing and remedying unfair labor practices, whether committed by unions or employers. Through its rulings and activities the NLRB oversees and essentially forms the Nation's labor-management relations policies for employers and unions.
While it is the President's prerogative to nominate who he wishes, it is our duty in the U.S. Senate to review all of the Administration's nominees. I have concerns regarding Mr. Becker's written views, which indicate that he would prevent employers from having a role in union representation elections in their workplaces by doing away with requiring fair, secret ballot union elections when requested by an employer and I would like the opportunity to question Mr. Becker about these positions in person and in public. For these reasons, I call on you to schedule a hearing on Mr. Becker's nomination before you proceed to full committee consideration of his nomination to the NLRB.