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Sat Mar 24, 2012, 12:24 PM

Watchdog: Labor board member (R-Terence Flynn) broke ethics rules

Source: Bloomberg


By SAM HANANEL,

A Republican member of the National Labor Relations Board improperly revealed information about the agency's private deliberations to outside parties who had cases pending before the board, an internal government watchdog said Friday.

The board's inspector general said Terence Flynn violated ethics rules by sharing confidential details on the status of pending cases and the likely votes of other members before decisions were released. A report from Inspector General David Berry also faulted Flynn for a "lack of candor" during the investigation.

Flynn is a Republican appointed to the board along with two others by President Barack Obama in January. The report said Flynn committed the violations when he was still a staff lawyer at the agency, before he was elevated to one of its five members.

The NLRB oversees union elections and enforces unfair labor practices. Its five board members -- three Democrats and two Republicans -- function much like judges on an appeals court, hearing cases and issuing legal decisions.

Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-03/D9TMF2H00.htm

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Omaha Steve Mar 2012 OP
Crowman1979 Mar 2012 #1
freshwest Mar 2012 #7
James48 Mar 2012 #2
IthinkThereforeIAM Mar 2012 #3
lonestarnot Mar 2012 #4
Judi Lynn Mar 2012 #5
socialindependocrat Mar 2012 #6
Demit Mar 2012 #8
socialindependocrat Mar 2012 #9
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 12:42 PM

1. Who the hell put a Rethuglican on the National Labor Relations Board?!?!

They've been anti-labor for over a century!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 12:51 PM

2. Does he serve at the pleasure of the President?

Can he be directed to resign for his ethics violation?

Flynn was a "recess appointment" to the Board, among those the republicans screamed bloody murder over during this past Christmas break.

I sure as heck think the President needs to withdraw his nomination to the NLRB, if he can't simply fire him outright.

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Response to James48 (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 01:00 PM

3. Well, you know what they say...


... give a Republican enough rope, and he/she will hang themself.

But another point that came to mind, now Obama has all the more reason to appoint only Democratic/Progressive folks. He can wag this one in Boehner and McConnell's faces: "I tried to play nice and do you a favor by appointing a Republican, but you are such a bunch of unethical folks".

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 01:28 PM

4. Gee. Two more crooked pugs. Who would have thought?

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 02:23 PM

5. The President has proven he's been more than generous to Republicans.

They have consistently proven they don't deserve respect.

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Terence Flynn.[/center]
Why continue to indulge them, anyway?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 03:46 PM

6. I've read this sentence 10 times and I think it's wrong...

"The NLRB oversees union elections and enforces unfair labor practices"

This is probably what the board is assigned to do!

So the pug was just doing his job!

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Response to socialindependocrat (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 08:18 PM

8. It's Business Week. They probably meant that exactly as they wrote it.

 

No doubt they fervently believe that the labor practices which NLRB enforces ARE unfair, because they protect labor.

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Response to Demit (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 11:54 PM

9. Got it now- Thanks

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