Labor Agency Breaks With Controversial Biden Appointee

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The top federal labor moderator denied a controversial Biden appointee’s move to dismiss a worker’s complaint against union leaders. National Labor Relations Board acting general counsel Peter Ohr tried to dismiss the organization’s support for Texas nurse Marissa Zamora who alleges union and company officials conspired against workers’ interests. The labor board which is responsible for enforcing federal labor laws said Ohr “ignored significant legal issues” presented by the case.”

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

“This case presents significant legal issues regarding the duty of fair representation and the appropriate framework for resolving allegations that a union breached that duty,” the board wrote in its decision. “This case presents the Board with an opportunity to examine these issues, based on a fully briefed and litigated record, and to provide guidance to employees and unions alike. Accordingly, after careful consideration, we conclude that the Acting General Counsel’s motion should be denied.”

Texas-based nurse Marissa Zamora accused National Nurses United leadership of striking a deal in secret with hospital management contrary to worker interests. Zamora drew backlash when she tried to organize her fellow nurses to oust the union leaders. Her complaint said that hospital management and union leaders tore down her fliers and denied her “access to post material on protected bulletin boards, where her material would be shielded from vandalism.”

“The Acting General Counsel has no authority to unilaterally seek dismissal of Ms. Zamora’s exceptions,” Zamora’s response to Ohr’s dismissal states. “Finally, the Acting General Counsel had no authority to file the Motion because: (1) the removal of General Counsel Robb was unlawful; and (2) Acting General Counsel Ohr was unlawfully appointed.”

National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix accused President Biden of appointing Ohr to help push forward his pro-union agenda saying that Ohr’s move to dismiss Zamora’s case was a clear example of his favoritism.

“By moving to have Ms. Zamora’s case tossed out, so-called ‘Acting General Counsel’ Peter Ohr is laying bare President Biden’s purely ideological motive behind removing Peter Robb: to allow his union boss cronies to escape legal scrutiny when they violate the rights of workers who refuse to toe the union line,” Mix said.

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