‘‘The alleged recess appointments cast doubt on the agency’s work, adding uncertainty to the economic climate,’’ said Sheldon Gilbert, an attorney at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is helping litigate several of the cases against the board.
But NLRB Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce said employees and employers across the country are counting on the board to protect their rights and resolve their disputes.
‘‘That is what my colleagues and I have been doing for the past year and hope to be able to continue doing into the future,’’ Pearce said.
Craig Becker, co-general counsel of the AFL-CIO and a former board member, said all the legal uncertainty has been a distraction for the NLRB general counsel’s office.
‘‘I think it’s certainly slowed the board down in terms of enforcement,’’ Becker said. ‘‘It’s been an issue raised in many cases that wouldn’t have required court of appeals action, so that, I think, is unfortunate.’’
Becker praised Obama for making the recess appointments, saying a non-functional labor board would be even worse for workers who rely on it.
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