Craig Becker is Senior Counsel to the AFL-CIO. He served as General Counsel from 2012 to 2022. Before assuming that position, Craig was a Member of the National Labor Relations Board having been appointed by President Obama in March 2010 and serving until January 2012.
Before joining the Board, Craig served as Associate General Counsel to both the SEIU and the AFL-CIO. After law school Craig clerked for the Honorable Donald P. Lay, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and then became a partner in a Washington, D.C. law firm that was counsel to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Craig was a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law between 1989 and 1994 and has also taught at Yale, the University of Chicago and Georgetown Law Schools. Craig has published numerous articles on labor and employment law in scholarly journals as well as in the popular press and has argued labor and employment cases in virtually every federal court of appeals and before the United States Supreme Court.
Craig graduated Yale College in 1978 and received his J.D. in 1981 from Yale Law School where he was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal.