The potential for a Big Labor Payback is huge as Senator Harry Reid twists arms to get Thomas Perez nominated as Department of Labor. For more details, check out the Personnel Alert on Perez on The National Right to Work Committee’s website here: If Senate Democrats bend to union bosses’ wishes, when the pendulum swings, it will come back to haunt them
LaborUnionReport has the story here:
With so many scandals in Washington these days, Senate Democrats may be about to add more fuel to conservatives’ fire at the behest of AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka and his fellow union bosses.
On Thursday, it’s political payback time in the U.S. Senate as union bosses demand that Harry Reid and his fellow union dues-funded Democrats go to bat for Barack Obama’s deeply-flawed nominations at the National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor. The question will be whether Reid and his union-backed cronies deploy the so-called “nuclear option” to overcome Republican filibusters, as union bosses are demanding, and further widen the political divide for years to come.
First up, according to the Wall Street Journal, is Thomas Perez–Barack Obama’s nomination to replace Hilda Solis after her January surprise resignation as Secretary of Labor.
Perez will be voted on by the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, where it is expected he will clear the committee before heading to the full Senate. Republican Sen. David Vitter (La) has previously threatened to filibuster Perez’s nomination.
Following Perez, the Senate HELP committee will be taking up the nominations of Obama’s constitutionally-challenged National Labor Relations Board.
With his ‘recess’ appointments at the NLRB heading to the Supreme Court later this year, in April, Obama cynically re-nominated two of the controversial appointments.