By John Logan, professor and director, Labor and Employment Studies,San Francisco State University
Over the past year, the GOP has seldom remained silent on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). GOP leaders castigated the board for daring to enforce the law in a dispute involving Boeing, subpoenaed board documents, forced the General Counsel to testify at a hostile hearing, and wrongly accused him of breaking the law.
Hill Republicans have lent their voice, and their lawsuits, to efforts to block the new NLRB rules streamlining certification elections and requiring employers to post notices explaining federal labor rights. And as a result of this politically motivated witch-hunt, they have come up with nothing except exaggerated rhetoric and extreme anti-union bills.
But now, after the Inspector General of the NLRB has uncovered a serious scandal that may have threatened the core functions of the agency, what do we hear from the GOP? Deafening silence. Indeed, the Republican-controlled House Education and Workforce Committee did not even release the report documenting the misconduct of Republican member Terence Flynn.
The evidence against Flynn, who may have violated federal criminal law, is compelling. In addition to funneling details of board deliberations to two former Republican NLRB members, Peter Schaumber and Peter Kirsanow, Flynn apparently lied to investigators and deleted an incriminating email from Schaumber, thanking him for confidential information.