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Labor Secretary Hilda Solis speaks about employment situation and job creation in the U.S., ahead of Labor Day and the election season, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at the National Press Club in Washington.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Labor Secretary Hilda Solis speaks about employment situation and job creation in the U.S., ahead of Labor Day and the election season, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)  

Obama’s Labor chief decries conservative proposal to cripple NLRB

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

Obama administration Labor Secretary Hilda Solis denounced a plan some conservatives have proposed that would immediately cripple the National Labor Relations Board.

At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, Solis decried conservatives who are calling on the sole Republican NLRB member, Brian Hayes, to resign. If Hayes resigned now, the board would lose its quorum and wouldn’t be legally allowed to act, including on its case against The Boeing Company and its pro-union “quickie elections” rule proposals.

“I think the American public is pretty upset right now at the Congress because of their inability to get together on the issues and really focus on jobs,” Solis said in response to a question about the idea of a Hayes resignation. “I think using those tactics is something the public does not want to see. So I would strongly urge people to stick to their jobs, to do what they know best.”

The suggestion for Hayes to step down popped up in conservative circles after outgoing NLRB chairwoman Wilma Liebman, a Democrat, ended her term last weekend. The Hayes resignation proposal is ironic but strategic, as it would halt the Board until either the Senate confirmed another presidential NLRB nominee or President Obama recess-appointed another.

In a letter to Hayes, the conservative LaborUnionReport.com argues it would be patriotic for the Republican to step down from his NLRB post now. “Only you, at this moment in time, have the ability to stop this,” the conservative advocacy group wrote to Hayes. “Hopefully, your resignation will help incapacitate the NLRB until after the 2012 elections, when the American people will have the ability to democratically decide the role our government should be playing in propping up labor union bosses.”

Per a 2010 Supreme Court ruling, the NLRB is required to have a three-member quorum before it can act on anything.

The Board is expected to face a similar fate at the end of the year as recess-appointed Democratic NLRB member Craig Becker’s term runs out. Labor policy specialists are worried that Becker and the Board’s new chairman, Democrat Mark Gaston Pearce, will rush through several pro-union regulations and rulings in the remaining months of this year.

On Tuesday, for instance, the NLRB issued three controversial rulings that drew high levels of criticism from Republicans and the business community.

An immediate Hayes resignation would stop more regulations and rulings from coming through the NLRB quickly.

Another path Senate Republicans could take to gain NLRB leverage is to cut a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Becker’s nomination. They could agree to approve Becker for a full term, instead of the recess appointment he’s in now, if Reid were to lift his opposition to Obama’s nomination of a second Republican NLRB member. Obama nominated Republican Terence Flynn to serve as an NLRB member in January, but Reid has blocked his confirmation.

Reporter Neil Munro contributed reporting for this story.

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  • eeners

    Solis is VERY wrong, I’m not upset at all at the idea of Hayes resigning!  Please, resign!  Save jobs now!

  • Mr.ManZ

    Hilda Solis is a total obama shill, like holder and napolitano she would without question suck shyt through a straw if “THE ONE” so commanded.  Solis is and has always did nothing but bounce for the illegal imigrant and their push for a free pass.

  • Mr.ManZ

    Hilda Solis is a total obama shill, like holder and napolitano she would without question suck shyt through a straw if “THE ONE” so commanded.  Solis is and has always did nothing but bounce for the illegal imigrant and their push for a free pass.

  • Anonymous

    Labor Secretary Hilda Solis —Just where did you get your stats as to what the American people want???
    I know what I want, just leave the American people along.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Francis/100002158029860 Dave Francis

    It’s time to expose hard -core
    leftist Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who has taken it upon herself in
    contracting with foreign countries to pamper illegal aliens. This is outrageous
    and unconstitutional in signing some formal alliance with diplomats from a
    group of Latin American nations. Her intent to shelter of what Solis described
    as the labor rights, for both legal and illegal migrants working unlawfully in
    America. First President Obama signs into law an unauthorized fiat to preselect
    only heinous criminal aliens, but other illegal aliens are to be set free, with
    the possibility of a working visa. Then we have Solis, who interprets as
    the labor rights for both legal and illegal immigrants working in the U.S. Both
    Obama and Solis have ignored the US Constitution our “Rule of Law” and gone
    over the heads of Congress. In a signing ceremony between the Dominican
    Republic, Costa Rica, and El Salvador and adjoining with Mexico, Nicaragua and
    Guatemala, who had signed this agreement in the past?

    This newly revised agreement that U.S. Labor Secretary signed with Latin
    American nations is supposedly aimed at protecting both legal and illegal
    workers in this country, by educating employers and workers alike about health,
    safety, and wage laws. This women needs to get her head on straight, because
    she is scheming with the open border nuts, and foreign countries contravening
    against real American workers. Is this why Eric Holder, the Department of
    IN-Justice tearing at the financial throats of Arizona, Alabama and Georgia to
    attempt in lowering their defenses, creating pressure on struggling States. Its
    apparent intent to make other states think twice before employing their own
    policing laws, in saving these states from insolvency? Pay attention to the
    fact, if you came to America legally of any religious denomination–if you are
    Black, White, Hispanic or any other race and undertook the documentation to
    join our culture; have always been welcome.

     

     This President and his
    officials are a humiliating every working American of all occupational levels.
    Solis promotes illegal immigration, which once the signal goes out will draw
    into America more foreigners, which taxpayers will be burdened with? We need a
    president who cares for the American people, the 14 million citizens and
    residents, with the majority still looking for work. The Labor Department on
    its website says the (INA.) The Immigration & Nationality Act only protects
    “U.S. citizens and aliens authorized to accept employment in the U.S. from
    discrimination in hiring or discharge.” Solis seems to have amended INA
    policy on her own, saying at the signing ceremony Solis stated:

     

    “No matter how you got here or how
    long you plan to stay, you have certain rights,” Solis said. “You have the
    right to be safe and in a healthy workplace and the right to a legal wage. We
    gather here today to strengthen our shared commitment to protect the labor
    rights of migrant workers in the United States. Unfortunately, due to language
    barriers and immigration status, migrant workers can be those that are most
    vulnerable abused.”

     

    Illegal Immigration is a spreading
    contagion, that must be diminished and eventually end as a trickle. In today’s
    NumbersUSA,  Eurofresh Inc., the nation’s largest grower of greenhouse
    tomatoes, last week pleaded guilty to knowingly hiring illegal aliens and was
    fined $600,000. The Arizona-based company will remain on probation for five
    years. $ 600.000 is a worthy fine for stealing jobs from Americans, but
    somebody should go to prison. AS I HAVE CONTINUALLY REPEATED, WHY ISN’T
    ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION A FELONY AS IN OTHER COUNTRIES?  THAT WAY WE COULD
    CONSTRUCT A JAIL SYSTEM LIKE MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFFS JOE ARPAIO
    TENT CITY IN ARIZONA?

     

    All illegal aliens should be removed
    from regular jails and prisons and placed in Arizona’s notorious Joseph M.
    Arpaio canvas city prison and it would change anybody’s mind in illegally
    coming here. Joe’s tent city is an equally opportunity criminal incarceration
    compound, with high wire fences and attired with razor wire. Hundreds of
    thousands in jail for Drunken driving killers, child and female attacks, homicides
    and you name it; Let the Sheriff’s Joe’s cuisine,  for ten years and
    temperatures reaching 120 degrees under canvas. Millions of illegal aliens from
    across the borders and tourist over-stay’s, would only be too happy to go home,
    after living on the daily sustenance of Bologna sandwiches. Arpaio makes the
    inmates wear pink undergarments and the usual critics have complained that it’s
    a cruel and unusual punishment, though no one can find a law against it.
    American society should build more of these tent cities for illegal immigrant
    invaders, in desert areas and make it uncomfortable to stay here. Then make Joe
    Arpaio as warden to enforce our laws.

    Taking money from taxpayers to
    support foreigners is downright treasonous and must stop. Giving out $113
    Billion a year in entitlements to foreign nationals to pacify the open borders
    set and the Leftist extremist minority is a disgusting situation must end.
    That’s why millions of Americans tormented by this financial, moral and legal
    evidence are joining the conservative TEA PARTY. Under scrutiny are the
    executive directives Of Eric Holder, so is there another move of Obama’s
    Liberal soldiers to covertly pass another damaging amnesty as in 1986, the TEA
    PARTY will be ready to scream “impeachment.” The Tea Party is not growing by
    the hundreds, but millions and expected to vote into the political arena, even
    more moderate conservative leaders.

     

    Under the TEA PARTY agenda there
    will be no Amnesties, Sanctuary cities or States, no Dream Acts and no policies
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    instruct Congress, to mandate E-Verify for inveterate business owners and (S-Comm)
    Secure Communities to fingerprint and forward to ICE. The TEA PARTY will rescind
    a law that allows all illegal immigrants benefits and welfare payments. Parents
    of instant citizenship children will still be deported, so they will either
    take the baby with them or allow another legal relative to look after them. IF YOU’RE
    AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, THE ONLY CHANCE TO STOP IT IS THE TEA PARTY. Learn
    more about the illegal alien free give-away’s, at “NumbersUSA.” Observe more in
    Democratic and Liberal press concealment of odious criminal cases across the
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    Conservative site that Promotes Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in
    Government, Politics and the Law, and exposes corruption in Washington.  Learn who can be trusted and who cannot in
    Congress at “Judicial Watch.” Just type in any browser Search engine any of
    these pro-sovereignty websites.

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  • Anonymous

    Hilda Solis, you jerk, come out in public so we can tar and feather you like they used to do in the old days. That would teach you a thing or two.

  • Anonymous

    Get rid of the Marxist in the White House and save our Country!!!!!!!!!

  • Take him out in 2012

    A slimy, stinking ‘slugette’ in a dress..!

  • Anonymous

    Aaawwwww. Isum them not playing nice with the poor Democrat party. Everywon knows that the Democrats would never ever take advantage of a situation. Say to run through a crippling health care bill, take over the auto industry, take over the banking industry, take over student loans, use executive fiat and government agencies to cripple the energy industry, etc. No not them! Who ya goin to believe, them or your lying eyes?

    I’m trying to find some empathy but I think it just ran out the door laughing hysterically.

  • MidloTrade

    Be careful of using political tactics in this case, even though I applaud strategists for their creativity. Know Republicans are using a process now to never go into “recess”, but mistakes and unexpected events can happen. If a recess appt does get made, you get another Democrat, union crony that will make it even worse.