Ka-Ching! New NLRB appointee will keep getting paid by union
posted at 1:29 pm on January 23, 2012 by Jazz Shaw
Even during these times of economic recession, scarce jobs and uncertain futures for Americans, I know you all join me sharing the warm feelings that come when we at least see some other hard working fellow doing well. Such is the case with Richard Griffin, recently appointed to the President’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) while Congress was “in recess.” Heritage has the details.
Financial disclosure documents filed by two of President Obama’s illegal appointments to the National Labor Relations Board show that one will continue to receive payments from a major labor union during his time on the board.
Richard Griffin, the former general counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers, will receive regular payments under two different IUOE pension plans. The payment amounts are not listed on the disclosure form. He will also receive a single lump sum payment equal to three weeks of salary (one week for each of the three years since he enrolled in the plan). Griffin’s annual salary as the IUOE’s general counsel was $376,778, according to the disclosure form.
Well… that’s just super. I was worried about the guy, you know? I mean, a recess appointment isn’t exactly the definition of Job Security, particularly when the man keeping you employed may himself be out of a job next January. At least now Mr. Griffin will be able to keep food on the table through the long, cold winter to come. (Or AGW induced massively hot winter as the seas continue to rise and… never mind.)
But all jokes aside, if you are in one of the most powerful positions in the country, specifically in terms of striking a fair and equitable balance between unions and employers, how does this not set off some alarm bells? You are acting, in effect, as a type of arbitrator between the two sides while collecting a steady paycheck from one of them? Are you serious?
Click through the link above to see the pertinent financial disclosure forms helpfully provided by Heritage. Of course, it may not be that big of a deal to you. I’m probably just being overly sensitive.