Obama’s Tyrannical Union Point Man

February 7, 2012 08:42

Obama took his union pandering to another level, installing Griffin with far less scrutiny than Becker received. There was no vetting of Griffin’s background. He never went through the normal background check performed by the Senate. He never filled out the usual questionnaire, or met with any Republican senators. – NRO


By Phil Kerpen at National Review Online


… there has been far too little attention paid to the most radical of these appointees: Richard Griffin.


The appointment was a direct reward for the union bosses who made an enormous contribution to Obama’s 2008 campaign and will be critical to his reelection effort.


It was also a response to the administration’s failure to get card-check legislation passed.


The IUOE is one of the most chronically corrupt unions in America, with ongoing criminal investigations against several of its locals and a history of criminal misconduct.

The IUOE is an especially autocratic union that has been criticized by union activists for imposing strict censorship on members who have the temerity to criticize union leadership on the Internet. Griffin justified the gag rule as necessary to protect the “union’s sensitive and/or confidential internal workings.”


Griffin even threatened to fine union members for challenging the gag rule in court.



— Phil Kerpen is vice president for policy at Americans for Prosperity and author of Democracy Denied: How Obama Is Ignoring You and Bypassing Congress to Radically Transform America — and How to Stop Him.

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