MLA labor attorneys are pleased to announce the publication of Labor Law 2014: A Year In Review. This marks the fourth straight year that we have produced this annual review of developments in traditional labor law and labor-management relations.
2014 ushered in a National Labor Relations Board with more prospective stability than in recent years as the seats of all five members and the general counsel were filled with Senate-confirmed occupants. A cloud of uncertainty hung over the previous Board’s legacy, however, as the Supreme Court had yet to address the issue on appeal from the Circuit Court for the District of Columbia in the Noel Canning case—i.e., whether the Board had a valid quorum during 2012 and early 2013.
With the legitimacy of hundreds of decisions hanging in the balance, as we predicted in our 2013 Year in Review, the new Board and general counsel nevertheless charted the same pro-labor course as its constitutionally deficient predecessor. Comprised of three Democrats and two Republicans, the 2014 Board continued its recent trend of expanding union protections at the expense of management rights to run a business enterprise. As Democrat Member Nancy Schiffer’s term concluded at the end of the year, the Board only picked up the intensity of its efforts, issuing case decisions and new rules that both depart drastically from long-standing precedent and serve to facilitate union organizing in the private sector.
Heading into 2015, the Board appears as determined as ever to advance its agenda, checked only
by the incoming Republican Congress and judicial review. Against this backdrop, we
submit this Year in Review to summarize the most noteworthy developments of 2014. We hope you find it a helpful resource as we head into what will undoubtedly be another active year in labor-management relations.
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