Letter To The Editor from Don Dotson, former Chairman of the NLRB was
received on 1/25/18 and pertains to the
Chronicle’s front page Feature Story of same date titled ‘The
Continued Assault On Labor: How Trump NLRB appointee used ‘side door’
helped his old law firm eradicate worker rights friendly precedents’
lawyer appointed to the NLRB or a court will have had a client or come
firm, union or corporation that has had any number of issues on which
rule in other cases. Would be different were he ruling on the very case
his firm was handling.
hysterical, illogical, tortured theory of "conflict of interest". You
are awarded the Elizabeth Warren-Chris Matthews Award for Whacked Out
entertaining to the leftist element of your readership, but not likely
anybody with an ounce of sophistication.
shows the reading habits of whomever put it in your newspaper, a
in this case.
recused myself from any case involving my former employers:
Western Electric and Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel. But like any
lawyer, union or management, if I recused myself from cases involving
that had been in a previous case, there wouldn't be many cases left to
by the courts to NLRB decisions is based on a presumption of expertise
matters. Most get this by having practiced labor law. I have never seen
evidence that former union or management lawyers on the Board acted
with respect to recusal.
course to the extent that policy is involved in a decision, all will
their views influenced by their experience and philosophy. Several
members had worked directly for unions and did not recuse themselves
involving their former employers.
ethical requirement that they should unless it were a case they had
directly involved in. I just wanted there to be no shadow of a question.
Secretary of Labor,