Clawson: Trump Might Put a Professional Union-Buster on NLRB

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Reprinted from The Daily Kos by Laura Clawson on April 25, 2017.

Donald Trump likes to occasionally pretend he doesn’t 100 percent hate unions, usually by spending time with the relatively friendly building trades unions. But for anyone tempted to believe that, check out one of the people on his short list for National Labor Relations Board. Doug Seaton is a professional union-buster—and that’s something new, even for Republican presidents.

“Starting with Ronald Reagan,” POLITICO’s Mel Leonor writes, “Republican presidents have often named stridently anti-union executives and attorneys to the NLRB. But labor and management sources queried by POLITICO couldn’t remember a previous instance when a president placed on the NLRB a ‘union avoidance’ consultant or ‘persuader,’ an occupation known colloquially as union-buster. The Labor Department requires union-busters to disclose their anti-union campaigns publicly. Seaton has done so on six occasions, most recently in May 2016.” …

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