Appointed U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., will not give a straight answer on whether he supports card check, which would eliminate a secret ballot for workers when unions try to organize a workplace. Some of Bennet's constituents tried to ask him in person on July 3 in Boulder, and Bennet's team blocked the way.
Craig Becker is a former lawyer for both the AFL-CIO and the SEIU. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned that Becker's appointment to the five-member National Labor Relations Board may be "the unions' Plan B to backdoor card check."
In April 2009, Becker had been nominated to be on the NLRB but couldn't win confirmation, even with the backing of Bennet and other Senate Democrats.
Becker was then appointed to the NLRB by the White House through a recess appointment in March 2010.
Becker's Senate confirmation is due to come up in January. Meanwhile, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is suggesting that card check, initially in the so-called Employee Free Choice Act, could be passed in a lame duck session after the November election.
Will Bennet man up and tell his constituents his position on card check before Nov. 2?