Dave Berry, the independent NLRB inspector general, “confirmed that his office is aware of allegations concerning possible enticements” offered to Hayes, spokeswoman Nancy Cleeland said, without providing details. The watchdog’s office will neither confirm nor deny an investigation is underway.
Hayes told Chairman Mark Pearce in October that he might quit, leaving the board without a quorum to act, to thwart efforts by the board’s two Democrats to speed the pace of union elections. Hayes has said he opposes that effort, and Republican Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina and the anti-union blog LaborUnionReport.com had urged him to leave to block action. The board needs three members to adopt rules.
Aaron Albright, a spokesman for Representative George Miller of California, the senior Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee that oversees labor policy said in an e-mail that “we understand that the inspector general has opened his own investigation into these matters, apparently based on information he has received, and we will await the results of that investigation”
Reports of a possible IG investigation were reported earlier today by The Hill newspaper. Berry didn’t immediately return a call and e-mail requesting comment.
Hayes said at a public NLRB meeting last week that he has decided not to resign. His term ends in December 2012.
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