If you missed the hearings held this morning by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and weren’t able to follow our live-Tweet stream of the proceedings, you can watch the archived webcast here.

In his opening statement, Chairman Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) introduced the hearing thus:

That is why today’s discussion about the National Labor Relations Board is so important. The NLRB was created more than 75 years ago to perform two functions: first, to determine by free democratic choice whether workers desire union representation and if so, by which union; and second, to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices by employers and unions. 

The board serves as a quasi-judicial body. Its five members are chosen by the president, and the majority of members share the president’s views on labor policy. As a result, the board has generated a lot of debate over the years. However, that debate has recently been elevated to new heights since the board abandoned its traditional sense of fairness and neutrality and instead embraced a far-more activist approach. 

Numerous actions by the board suggest it’s eager to tilt the playing field in favor of powerful special interests against the interests of rank-and-file workers.

The statements of witnesses Philip Miscimarra of Morgan Lewis; G. Roger King of Jones Day; former General Counsel Arthur Rosenfeld; and NYU Professor Cynthia Estlund are available online.

As one can see from the witness statements and our live-Tweet transcript of the question and answer portion, there was much discussion at today’s hearing about:

We will continue to follow and report on these trends and developments as they unfold.