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Trump Renominates Obama Dem to Key Federal Labor Board

Liberal Democrat Mark Gaston Pearce is being put forward again for another five-year term on the NLRB

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President Donald Trump renominated Mark Gaston Pearce to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) late Tuesday despite Pearce’s huge impact implementing former President Barack Obama’s extreme pro-union policy agenda.

The NLRB played a huge role under Obama by implementing a slew of new union-backed workplace rules. The five-member board is an independent federal agency responsible for enforcing labor law and resolving labor-management disputes. Pearce was chairman of the board for six years under Obama.

The White House announced Pearce is being renominated to the board for a five-year term that will end August 27, 2023. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and conservative critics have denounced Pearce’s leadership as particularly partisan, with the board overturning long-standing precedents in major cases.

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Trump will still have the ability to guide the political lean of the board. The members are appointed by the president with Senate advice and consent to five-year terms that are staggered so a term for one member expires each year. The board is traditionally split between three members of the president’s party and two members of the other party.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is among the free-market advocates that have warned against Pearce’s reappointment. The group has closely followed his actions throughout his time on the board and the impact of his decisions. The CEI signed onto a coalition letter urging the president not to pick him August 23

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“It is disappointing that President Trump would renominate Mark Pearce to the National Labor Relations Board, CEI labor policy expert Trey Kovacs told LifeZette. “As chairman, Pearce spearheaded possibly the most partisan NLRB to date and tilted labor relations far in favor of labor unions over workers and job creators.”

Kovacs said “renominating Pearce directly contradicts the stated goals of this administration to ease burdensome regulations and create jobs.”

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FreedomWorks, the Center for Individual Freedom and Club for Growth were also among the groups that signed onto the letter, which warned not to cut a deal that would involve Pearce’s renomination. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is leading the charge to make such a deal, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“As head of the board, Pearce created immense regulatory uncertainty at the workplace,” Kovacs said. “Hopefully, the Senate take a close look at Pearce’s record at the NLRB and quickly discover he is aggressively pro-union and far from the impartial arbitrator that Congress intended NLRB members to be.”

Bloomberg Law reported last week that the White House and Senate leaders were in talks for a deal that would give Pearce a third term in exchange for Democrats’ agreeing to waive waiting periods and confirm certain pending nominations. It is unclear whether that would involve U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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