Craig Becker has been named AFL-CIO general counsel, joining General Counsel Lynn Rhinehart in leading the federation’s legal work on behalf of working people. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says Becker, a former member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), is:
a brilliant lawyer and creative thinker with deep experience in labor law, litigation and organizing. His combination of legal acumen and experience on the ground is simply unmatched. The strengths of these two extraordinary lawyers, Becker and Rhinehart, are a perfect complement, and together they will lead a powerhouse legal program to protect and promote the interests of working men and women.
Rhinehart calls Becker “a person of incredible intellect, experience and integrity, and with his leadership, we will be able to expand our work in crucially important areas at a crucially important time.”
Before joining the NLRB, he served as associate general counsel to both the SEIU and the AFL-CIO. Rhinehart was named AFL-CIO general counsel in 2009 and joined the legal staff of the AFL-CIO as associate general counsel in 1996.