Described by some as one of former President Trump’s “worst appointments,” the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel Peter Robb refused to step down when asked by President Biden to resign. This Wednesday night, Biden fired him, the Washington Post reports.
In a letter to the Biden administration, Robb wrote: “I respectfully decline to resign from my Senate-confirmed four-year term appointment as General Counsel of the NLRB less than 10 months before the expiration of my term,” adding that the request for him to resign was “unprecedented since the nascence of the National Labor Relations Act” and said his removal “would set an unfortunate precedent.”
Biden immediately fired him upon receiving the letter. The newly-inaugurated President had given Robb a deadline of 5 p.m. to step down or he would be fired. By 8:45pm that evening, he was gone.
“A union-busting lawyer by trade, Robb mounted an unrelenting attack for more than three years on workers’ right to organize and engage in collective bargaining,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement. “His actions sought to stymie the tens of millions of workers who say they would vote to join a union today and violated the stated purpose of the National Labor Relations Act—to encourage collective bargaining. Robb’s removal is the first step toward giving workers a fair shot again.”
According to Labor 411, Robb was one of the most anti-union General Counsels that the NLRB has seen.
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