by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Connor Wolf documents for Daily Caller readers the various workplace chieftains who decide how you can perform your job.
President Barack Obama has done a lot to change workplace rules during his term but it was key political appointments of labor czars which drove the policy changes forward.
The president is responsible for appointing or suggesting a wide range of officials throughout the government. No political appointee officially has the title “czar,” but the term has become a popular shorthand in the media.
So-called czars are sometimes, but not always, limited to political appointees who didn’t need legislative approval. There are czars for education, law enforcement, border security, the bailouts, welfare and workplace rules among many other policy areas. These are the eight most important labor policy czars appointed by Obama.
Green Jobs Czar Van Jones
Anthony “Van” Jones is perhaps one of the current administration’s most recognizable czars. He served as Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality in 2009. His area of focus intersected labor and environmental policy. He was tasked with the creation of more environmentally-friendly jobs.
He has been condemned by Commentator Glenn Beck among others for his affiliation with questionable advocacy groups like Color of Change. Beck also accused Jones of being racist against white people.
Workplace Czar Chai Feldblum
Commissioner Feldblum was appointed to serve on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2010. Her nomination was approved by the Senate and renewed in 2013. Judicial Watch, among others, has identified her as the workplace czar. The agency is responsible for the administration and enforcement of civil rights laws in the workplace, which has become critical in shaping labor policy across the country.
Jobs Czar Paul Volcker
Chairman Volcker was appointed by the president to serve on his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He was replaced by General Electric President Jeffrey Immelt in 2011. The council consists of nongovernmental experts tasked with making economic policy recommendations to the president. The main goal is to encourage job growth and competitiveness.
Volcker has since criticized the council for being a public relations tools of the White House. The meetings would even be live streamed, which Volcker felt stifled honest discussions, notes Bloomberg.
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