ALG Releases Report on 2 NLRB ‘Recess’ Appointments

Jan. 5, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) today released a report on the two Democrat “recess” appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Richard Griffin and Sharon Block that were installed by Barack Obama when Congress was not even on a recess.

“The NLRB is now a rogue agency, and every act it undertakes this year will become challengeable in federal court as to whether valid appointments were ever made,” ALG President Bill Wilson said.

The report details the experiences of the two nominees, Griffin and Block, who Wilson said Obama has risked a constitutional crisis over.

“Block once argued on behalf of the NLRB’s decision to award back pay to an illegal immigrant, an argument that was eventually rejected by the Supreme Court. And Griffin comes from the corruption-prone International Union of Operating Engineers that fought against open and fair union elections,” Wilson said.

“These nominees were only submitted to the Senate by Obama on December 15,” ALG President Bill Wilson noted. “There has not even been time to hold a hearing in the Senate, let alone vote on them, and yet Obama wants to claim his extraconstitutional ‘recess’ appointments were based on some sort of extraordinary delay.”

Industry groups affected by NLRB regulations are expected to sue in federal court to overturn the appointments and any new regulations the Board issues.

“Obama and Reid have thrown out the ‘advice and consent’ clause of the Constitution so that union organizers can hang posters on their boss’ door during a union election,” Wilson joked, concluding, “And to what end? When all is said and done, the courts will nullify these appointments and their acts, meanwhile Obama will be remembered as the recess president who accomplished nothing because he was too busy violating the Constitution.”


“ALG Nominee Alert, Richard Griffin and Sharon Block, National Labor Relations Board,” Americans for Limited Government Research Foundation, Dec. 2011 at Block Richard Griffin NomineeAlert HighRes 12 30.pdf.

“Obama’s Radical Non-Recess ‘Recess’ Appointments,” ALG President Bill Wilson, Jan. 5, 2012 at

“Cartoon: Obama’s New Year’s Resolution,” William Warren, Jan. 5, 2012 at

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.