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U.S. Supreme Court Takes On Obama Labor Board & Department
Nation’s Highest Court “Rap[s]” Labor Department & Agrees To Hear Case Invalidating NLRB Official’s Tenure
Washington, D.C. – The United States Supreme Court acted on two separate measures today related to the Obama Administration and the extreme lengths they have gone to reward union bosses at the expense of hardworking employees and employers:
“The U.S. Supreme Court has served as the largest check on an out-of-control executive branch hell bent on paying back labor bosses for campaign support and contributions,” said Heather Greenaway, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI). “Today, the nation’s highest court decided to hear a case concerning whether Lafe Solomon, former general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board, should not have continued to serve in an acting capacity during his nomination process. Solomon repeatedly demonstrated a complete lack of integrity during his tenure with the so-called independent agency issuing a false and meritless complaint against Boeing for opening a plant in a right-to-work state, being cited after an internal investigation for remaining involved in a case in which he had a conflict of interest, and continuing communications with fellow Board members on cases he was prosecuting in direct contravention of the obligations of the office he was holding. The court in a strongly supported ruling today also went after Obama’s Department of Labor for changes in overtime pay rules ‘rap[ping]’ the agency known for carrying union bosses’ water and it’s ‘defective’ decision making. This is more proof that the White House and its allies have long turned their back on workers and small businesses, while using their immense powers to advance policies that benefit a special interest to the detriment of our economy and jobs.”
Reuters: “U.S. Justices To Mull President’s Power To Nominate Officials”:
“The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to review a lower court decision that invalidated part of a former U.S. labor board official’s tenure, in a case that could curb the next president’s power to staff top positions in his or her administration. The justices will hear an appeal of a 2015 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit saying that once President Barack Obama nominated Lafe Solomon in 2011 to be general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Solomon should not have continued to fill the position on a temporary or ‘acting’ basis pending Senate confirmation. The appeals court said a 1998 federal law bars anyone from serving in an acting role while they are the nominee unless they were previously the ‘first assistant’ to that post.” (Robert Iafolla, “U.S. Justices To Mull President’s Power To Nominate Officials,” Reuters, 6/20/16)
The Associated Press: “Justices Rap Labor Dept. Over Change In Overtime Pay Rules”:
“The Supreme Court says the Labor Department must do a better job of explaining why it is changing a longstanding policy on whether certain workers deserve overtime pay. The justices on Monday asked a lower court to take another look at whether federal law allows the agency to require overtime pay for people working as service advisers at auto dealerships. The 6-2 ruling comes in a case involving a California auto dealer that claims its service advisers are similar to car salesmen or mechanics, who are exempt from overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act.” (“Justices Rap Labor Dept. Over Change In Overtime Pay Rules,” The Associated Press, 6/20/16)
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