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Trump Urged to Not Reappoint Dem Labor Board Member

NLRB member Mark Pearce served as chairman of the panel for six years under President Barack Obama

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President Donald Trump was urged Thursday by a coalition of leading free market advocates to not keep a veteran Democratic member on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“The undersigned organizations urge President Trump not to renominate National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Mark Pearce,” the coalition said in a letter to the president, which LifeZette obtained. “During member Pearce’s tenure at the board, he has failed to represent the public interest in labor disputes and demonstrated extreme pro-union leanings.”

The five NLRB 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.

That means the president would most likely pick a different Democrat if not Pearce (pictured above). He could also not appoint anyone since the board requires only a three-member quorum, but that risks evenly split votes on decisions.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), FreedomWorks, and Club for Growth were among the groups that signed onto the letter. It warns the president not to cut a deal that would involve Pearce’s renomination. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is reportedly leading the charge to make such a deal, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Mark Pearce has failed to represent the public interest in labor disputes and demonstrated extreme pro-union leanings.

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“President Trump should resist cutting a deal with Senate Democrats that involves renominating Mark Pearce,” the letter stated. “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.”

Pearce was NLRB chairman for six years under Obama during an era that Republican and conservative critics view as particularly partisan, with the board overturning long-standing precedents in major labor disputes. Some of those same critics signed onto the letter warning Trump.

“Pearce has exhibited such bias in favor of unions that federal judges have denounced Pearce’s rulings on several occasions,” the letter said. “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.”

The American Commitment, the Center for Individual Freedom, and the Campaign for Liberty also signed onto the letter.

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