WSJ: Craig Becker won’t recuse himself

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Craig Becker, former associate general counsel for the Service Employees International Union and President Obama’s recess appointee to the National Labor Relations board, will not be recusing himself from business involving SEIU affiliates.

…Mr. Becker signed the Obama Administration’s vaunted ethics pledge, in which he promised to refrain for two years from participating in “any particular matter involving specific parties that is directly and substantially related to my former employer.”

Like most Obama administration promises, this one comes with an expiration date, as a friend likes to say.

In true lawyerly fashion, Mr. Becker is now running for the loopholes, arguing that the SEIU proper is a “distinct legal entity” that is different from local SEIU unions. Having liberated himself from that legal barrier, Mr. Becker says he intends to continue judging disputes that feature local SEIU shops. He even convinced the NLRB’s inspector general—who was asked to investigate one of the failure-to-recuse cases—to buy the separate legal entity line.

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