“The time has come for Richard Griffin to put aside his commitment to rewarding his fellow Big Labor bosses to the detriment of American employees and employers, and resign his post as a member of the National Labor Relations Board. The recent complaint that names him as a defendant and details his role in an embezzlement scheme clearly makes him unsuited to serve as an unbiased arbiter deciding matters that significantly impact American workers and small businesses,” said Fred Wszolek, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI).
“This most recent development comes on the heels of news coverage showing Griffin was long-time counsel to a union ‘tainted by mob ties’ and with a ‘history of corruption.’ It is now abundantly clear that President Obama’s recess appointment of Griffin, which was a violation of the Constitution as the Senate was in session, placed a person unfit for that responsibility on the Board. The simple truth is Griffin could not survive the vetting process required in a nomination hearing as he is embroiled in controversy for a failure to demonstrate the integrity necessary to serve on a federal agency at the expense of U.S. taxpayers. Therefore, it is time for Griffin to step aside; otherwise, the Obama Labor Board will further shed credibility – if indeed – any remains at this point.” [Emphasis added.]
As WFI points out in its press release, the former general counsel of the International Union of Operating Engineers was recently named as a defendant in a RICO lawsuit.
“A recent lawsuit filed in a federal court in California alleges that National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Richard Griffin was complicit in a scheme to cover up embezzlement at a major labor union by terminating employees who attempted to expose the effort. The allegations appear in a lengthy complaint filed against the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). The lawsuit alleges numerous violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, and names Griffin, IUOE’s former general counsel, as a defendant.” [Emphasis added.]
Now, don’t get me wrong. Richard Griffin should resign and the Workforce Fairness Institute is right in calling for Griffin’s resignation. However, it seems rather unlikely he will do it unless he is forced out–or taken away in handcuffs.
With two vacancies at the five-member agency right now, due to a Supreme Court decision, a resignation by any member of the NLRB would automatically cripple the credibility-deficient NLRB.
Union bosses, as well as Obama officials, know this.
As a result, despite the WFI’s call for his resignation (and it being the right thing to do), RICO-defendent and NLRB-member Griffin will likely stick out is illegitimate recess appointment for as long as he can.
“Truth isn’t mean. It’s truth.”
Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012)