Biden Labor Purge Sparks Legal Challenge
Added 02-22-21 05:20:04am EST - “An Oregon worker is challenging President Joe Biden's day one purge of Trump appointees from a federal agency, arguing that the administration is shielding a major union accused of violating labor law.” - Freebeacon.com
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An Oregon worker is challenging President Joe Biden's day one purge of Trump appointees from a federal agency, arguing that the administration is shielding a major union accused of violating labor law.
Jeremy Brown accused the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians Local 51 of illegally siphoning donations from his paycheck, prompting an investigation from the National Labor Relations Board, the federal government's top labor arbiter. The agency ruled in favor of Brown in December 2019. Its top prosecutor, then-general counsel Peter Robb, opened another investigation after Brown alleged that a union attorney threatened him in the course of the investigation. After Robb's ouster, Biden-appointed acting general counsel Peter Ohr withdrew his support of the complaint.
In a new legal challenge, Brown argues that Biden violated the law by terminating Robb with 10 months remaining on his 4-year term and that any actions taken by the new general counsel are not valid. If he is successful, it could open up similar legal challenges to any decision issued by Biden's NLRB.
Patrick Semmens, vice president of the National Right to Work Foundation, which is representing Brown in the legal challenge, said that the courts must act to prevent one of the biggest labor arbiters in the country from becoming a political tool of presidential administrations. Under these conditions, administrations would be able to shield their preferred political allies through appointments that don't require congressional oversight, according to Semmens.
"If this happens and it isn't rebuffed by courts, I think this is probably the new normal. It's unprecedented," Semmens said.
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