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Ka-Ching! New NLRB appointee will keep getting paid by union

posted at 1:29 pm on January 23, 2012 by

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.

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Wouldn’t this qualify as “extreme conflict of interest”?

chotii on January 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Now who thinks bho didn’t know about this? bho has never, since elected, nominated anyone who wasn’t as crooked as he is! I can not think of one single person around bho that isn’t a snake!

letget on January 23, 2012 at 1:52 PM

like chotii said, this isn’t just a conflict of interest, its an extreme conflict of interest. how in the hell does our government explain this blatant disregard for fairness? which member of the media is going to ask the Obama administration about this? this isn’t just scratching each other’s backs, this is democRAT reach arounds!

burserker on January 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

crickets to chirp on the lsm…

folks will never know this

cmsinaz on January 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Careful, Jazz. If these are pension payments, already earned by prior work, then he’s not being paid by the union, he’s drawing earned benefits from the pension fund, and that’s not really a conflict. It only would be if something were still legally expected of Griffin by the IUOE. (The appointments are still illegal, but that’s a different matter.)

SomeCallMeJohn on January 23, 2012 at 3:05 PM

When Cheney cashed in his Halliburton stock before becoming Vice president the leftist media screamed, Democrats screamed corruption, payoff, conflict of interest. Cheney was selling what he owned, here the guy is receiving benefits from someone he is regulating, big conflict of interest.

Smedley on January 23, 2012 at 3:20 PM

SomeCallMeJohn on January 23, 2012 at 3:05 PM

I would question:
Is the pension fund fully funded?
Does it’s continued existence and ability to pay out his benefits depend on the union’s continued survival and success?
If so, then he very definitely has incentive to favor unions to ensure his pension payments continue – and therefore has a conflict of interest.

dentarthurdent on January 23, 2012 at 4:16 PM

An outrage, for sure. But this is the Chicago way. Wait till you find out how many pensions he’ll be collecting before he retires.

A Chicago sanitation worker who worked for a single day then was granted a leave of absence was given a $158,000 a year pension when he retired 10 years later. He currently works for a hedge fund that handles public pensions.

A local lobbyist worked one day as a substitute teacher and qualified for a teacher’s pension based on his overblown union salary which amounted to double the pension a 25-year teacher would get.

A member of a non-city union was able to buy credits in a city of Chicago union that increased his yearly pension x 5 into 6-figures.

A CTA manager was found to be collecting a city pension that almost equals his 6-figure CTA salary. Oh, he’s a friend to mayor tiny dancer Rahmbo.

Then there are several IL retired union leaders who are collecting two pensions for one public job. It hasn’t been mentioned whether or not they actually worked the job.

The worst thing about most of the above: in IL it was all legal.

stukinIL4now on January 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

The worst thing about most of the above: in IL it was all legal.

stukinIL4now on January 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

What isn’t, there?

squint on January 23, 2012 at 6:42 PM

This is beyond insanity.

jeanie on January 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM

These kinds of situations would be fixed if all elected and appointed officials/politicians/czars, except judges, were considered 1099 Contractors.

belad on January 23, 2012 at 10:27 PM

The Chicago way… Thx agin, 52%ers!!

Khun Joe on January 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM