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Saturday January 22nd

Letter: Trump’s conflict of interest with NLRB


NPR and others suggest it is a conflict of interest for Trump to make appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.

The NLRB has long been a problem.

The statute was written in contemplation of conditions of the 1930s which no longer exist. It has been extended to enterprises for which it was neither designed nor intended.

Needed are extensive statutory amendment(s) or, preferably, a new statute.

The constant swinging back and forth on issues leaves all parties confused and unsure what is lawful.

The law is overly complex and counterintuitive, causing well-meaning employers to get caught up in ruinous litigation.

Many cannot afford appeals of decisions they know to be erroneous, in part because of the NLRB’s arrogant practice of ignoring court precedent with which it disagrees.

It is absurd to think President-elect Trump would try to or even could single out his businesses for special treatment.

His businesses deserve the same relief all employers hope to receive from a union-owned NLRB.

Even if he didn’t like the vote of a NLRB member, NLRB members are protected by a five-year term and can be removed only by impeachment for misconduct, facts conveniently ignored by the mainstream media.

This is just another example of the endless, petty, intellectually dishonest sniping NPR has engaged in since Trump was nominated.

Hopefully, congress will drop the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s government subsidy and tax exempt status.

Government funding of “news and commentary” is repugnant.

Don Dotson

Chairperson, NLRB (1983-1987)

Assistant Secretary of Labor (1981-1983)

Class of ‘60

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