Harold Craig Becker (born November 14, 1956), known professionally as Craig Becker, is an American labor attorney, a former member of the National Labor Relations Board, and currently the General Counsel of the AFL-CIO.
Early life and education
Craig Becker was born to Ruth and Sam Becker; his mother, now deceased, was a nurse, and his father a World War II veteran and a professor at the University of Iowa. Becker graduated from Yale University in 1978, and Yale Law School in 1981. He was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Work experience (through 2009)
Becker clerked for Judge Donald P. Lay from 1981 through 1983. He then worked at Kirschner, Weinberg & Dempsey (1983–1989), a law firm located in Washington, D.C., and represented members of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees and its affiliates, including the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers. He was a faculty member at UCLA Law School (1989–1994) and has also taught at Georgetown University Law School (1987–1988) and the University of Chicago Law School (1994–95). He has been Associate General Counsel to the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Throughout his career, he has argued many cases in court, including in front of the Supreme Court of the United States. In 2009, he was a member of the Obama transition team, assisting with the review of the United States Department of Labor.
Becker was nominated by President Barack Obama for a seat on the National Labor Relations Board; a 13-10 vote by a Senate panel on Feb 4, 2010 allowed his nomination to move to the Senate floor. However, his nomination failed to move to a floor vote on a vote of 52-33, falling eight short of the votes needed to block a Republican filibuster. On March 27, 2010, President Obama made a recess appointment of Becker to the National Labor Relations Board. The president’s action enabled Becker to serve without Senate confirmation until the chamber adjourned at the end of 2011.
On January 26, 2011, Obama renominated Becker to the same seat, which was to expire in December 2014. However, Becker's nomination remained stalled in the Senate, and with Becker's recess appointment drawing to a close, Obama withdrew the nomination on December 15, 2011. As such, Becker's term on the board ended at the end of December 2011. His recess appointment was upheld, under Noel Canning, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2014. After leaving the National Labor Relations Board, he taught at Georgetown Law School and is now General Counsel of the AFL-CIO.
Becker resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Amy Dru Stanley, a history professor at the University of Chicago. He has two sons. His father, Samuel L. Becker, is a retired professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Studies at the University of Iowa.
- Becker biodata
- New York Times profile of Becker
- Barama transition team info.
- Becker's Senate Testimony, February 2, 2010.