Trump Should Boot Big Labor Ally Mark Pearce From Labor Board, Conservatives Say

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Conservative groups are urging President Donald Trump to let Mark Pearce go as a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) when his term reaches completion at the end of August.

Pearce joined the board in April 2010 under former President Barack Obama, who reappointed Pearce in August 2013 to serve a five-year term ending on Aug. 27, 2018. The free-market think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute, along with five other right-wing groups, sent a letter Thursday warning the White House of reappointing Pearce for another term. (RELATED: Trump Could Deliver Unions Another Crushing Blow By Kicking Mark Pearce Off The Federal Labor Board)

“President Trump should resist cutting a deal with Senate Democrats that involves renominating Mark Pearce,” the letter said. “He has demonstrated an unwillingness to put aside his personal pro-union views and acted in a manner that conflicts with the role of an NLRB member, which is to represent the public interest in labor disputes.”

Representatives from American Commitment, Campaign for Liberty, Center for Individual Freedom, Club for Growth and Freedom Works also signed onto the letter.

Pearce and his Democrat allies in Congress, namely New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, are negotiating with Trump for another term for Pearce. Schumer is offering a deal to decrease the administration’s backlog of nominees and increase the rate of Senate confirmations, according to Bloomberg.

Business interests and conservatives continue to resist any deal to keep Pearce on the NLRB. Although Republicans hold a 3-2 majority on the board, Pearce has worked, largely through procedural measures, to slow down conservative board rulings that have largely undone policies set under the Obama administration.

“Pearce has exhibited such bias in favor of unions that federal judges have denounced Pearce’s rulings on several occasions,” the CEI letter states. “All stakeholders governed by the NLRB — workers, employers, and unions — deserve better than an NLRB member who ignores facts and issues decisions that are legally unsupportable.”

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