President Nominates Griffin to Serve as Board GC: Amanda Becker of the Chicago Tribune reports that last Friday, President Obama nominated outgoing National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Richard Griffin to serve as the General Counsel to the new NLRB. Griffin, along with fellow outgoing member Sharon Block, had proved to be highly unpopular with Republicans in Congress, particularly because they were appointed by the President during an intrasession recess, a move which is currently under Constitutional scrutiny.
Interestingly, the nomination was only announced on the White House’s website, suggesting that the administration was hoping not to make political waves heading into the weekend. We will be following former Member Griffin’s nomination process and will make sure to keep you posted as it moves forward.
Cal. Gov. Puts Brakes on BART Strike: John Cote and John Wildermuth of the San Francisco Chronicle report that California Governor Jerry Brown has entered the fray surrounding the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) labor dispute, effectively halting any possible strike action for seven days while an in impartial panel investigates why negotiations have yet to be finalized regarding a new collective bargaining agreement. As reported by @LRToday over the past few weeks, BART employees were set to walk off the job at midnight on August 4 if a new labor agreement could not be reached. However, the strike would have had a huge impact on business and transit in the San Francisco area, which forced the Governor to step in.
Negotiations will continue all week, with the hope that a resolution can be reached before the appointed panel issues its report to the Governor. Once the report is issued, it seems that all bets are off and a strike could quite possibly take place. We will make sure to keep you posted as this story continues to unfold.
Phoenix Bus Strike Settles: Fox News reports that the Arizona Bus Drivers’ strike has settled after four days of work stoppages. The bus drivers, represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), had walked off the job in the middle of last week when contract negotiations took a sour turn. The president of the ATU, in a short statement, said that a deal was reached yesterday afternoon that would allow for service to resume this morning. However, no details surrounding the deal were available as of this morning.
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