The National Labor Relations Board is the point of the spear for President Obama’s labor agenda, and he’s packed it with Big Labor loyalists. Now one of those appointees has been named as a defendant in a federal racketeering lawsuit that claims he was complicit in covering up a union embezzlement.
The defendant is Richard Griffin, one of three controversial NLRB recess appointments Mr. Obama made in January 2012. Before going to the labor board, Mr. Griffin was general counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), a union of heavy-equipment operators with a history of unsavory behavior.
Mr. Griffin is named in a federal complaint filed in October by 10 members of IUOE Local 501, out of Los Angeles, which describes a "scheme to defraud [the local] out of revenue, cost savings and membership," by means of kickbacks, bribery, violent threats and extortion. The suit names dozens of IUOE officials as defendants, and Mr. Griffin is highlighted in a section describing an embezzlement and its subsequent hush-up.