“The Decision is Misguided:” Joe Hansen on U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit’s Ruling on President Obama’s Recess Appointment to the NLRB

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s ruling on President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“This decision is misguided. When President Obama made appointments to the NLRB during a Congressional recess he was merely exercising his Constitutional authority. The real issue here is the Senate’s inability to confirm qualified nominees. Senate Republicans, aided by a broken rules system, are carrying the water of big business and denying workers and unions a fair shake. This entire fiasco underscores the need for true filibuster reform and proves that the modest agreement on Senate rules reached yesterday is nowhere near good enough.”

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The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers, primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries. The UFCW protects the rights of workers and strengthens America’s middle class by fighting for health care reform, living wages, retirement security, safe working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and women and their families can realize the American Dream. For more information about the UFCW’s effort to protect workers’ rights and strengthen America’s middle class, visit www.ufcw.org, or join our online community at www.facebook.com/UFCWinternational and www.twitter.com/ufcw.