President Joe Biden on July 13 announced the appointment of the son of a prominent donor to serve as a Commissioner on one of the federal government’s highest-paid departments. The meeting is another step by the administration to place people with significant labor union connections in critical national positions.
Rich Trumka Jr. was appointed to be a Commissioner on the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Trumka works in Washington for the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. He previously worked for the Consumer Protection Division of the office of the Maryland attorney general.
Trumka is the son of AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, who has been in that position since 2009.
The AFL-CIO is the nation’s largest labor organization and one of the Democratic Party’s most vital financial backers at all levels of the government. The labor organization strongly endorsed Joe Biden for president in last year’s election, although the membership backed the reelection of President Donald Trump.
The nomination of Trumka is the third made by President Biden to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. It will create a 3-2 majority of Democrat-appointed commissioners if the Senate confirms Trumka.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that Patrick Semmens said on behalf of the National Right to Work Committee, “Apparently unleashing their forced dues-funded political machine to put Biden in the White House doesn’t just buy support for Big Labor’s vast agenda to coerce more workers into union ranks it also purchases appointments for the family members of top union bosses.”
Rep. James Comer (R-KY), top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), top Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee, have been critical of the administration’s administration decision to waive ethics rules for former union officials. They argue that such waivers allow for conflicts of interest that could give labor organizations influence over government policy.
Biden has also appointed former AFL-CIO official Celeste Drake as a director at the Office of Management and Budget and former American Federation of Government Employees official Alethea Pedeoux as director of the Office of Congressional, Legislative, and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Biden has been actively pursuing the pro-union agenda he promised during the last election season. He has made the PRO Act a legislative priority of his administration. That proposed federal law would end “right-to-work” laws that allow employees of non-governmental companies to choose not to be union members.