Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, proposed new legislation designed to rein in what they believe to be a very “activist” National Labor Relations Board.  Dubbed the NLRB Reform Act, the legislation is also intended to reduce the powers of the Board’s General Counsel.

Senator McConnell discussed the Act in a short statement:

“The NLRB’s politically motivated decisions and controversial regulations threaten the jobs of hardworking Americans who just want to provide for their families.  So it’s time to restore balance and bipartisanship. The NLRB Reform Act  would help turn the board’s focus from ideological crusades that catch workers in the crossfire to the kind of common-sense, bipartisan solutions workers deserve.”

Senator Alexander further explained that the legislation is designed to encourage the Board to issue timely decisions.  Under the proposed Act, either party in a case before the Board can go to a Court of Appeals should the Board fail to render a decision within a year.

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