Shocker.

Via The Hill:

Craig Becker, a former member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), is returning to the AFL-CIO.

Becker will be general counsel to the nation’s largest labor federation, joining AFL-CIO General Counsel Lynn Rhinehart in leading the labor group’s legal office. Becker was recess-appointed to the NLRB in 2010 by President Obama and came under heavy fire from Republican lawmakers and business groups for his ties to labor.

In a statement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Becker is “a brilliant lawyer” and will work well with Rhinehart to protect workers’ interests.

“Craig Becker 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,” Trumka said. “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.”

“I am really excited about Craig joining the AFL-CIO as co-general counsel,” Rhinehart said in a statement. “He’s 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.”