Yesterday, National Labor Relations Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce was called to testify at a House of Representatives budget hearing. Chairman Pearce’s testimony covered a wide range of topics, beginning with the Board’s backlog of cases resulting from the Supreme Court’s invalidation of President Obama’s 2012 recess appointments to the Board.
Chairman Pearce noted that the Board has worked diligently to shrink its backlog, but admitted that the agency still had about 27 cases it needed to re-decide. He expects the Board to eliminate the backlog prior to the end of the calendar year.
Not surprisingly, House Republicans at the hearing took the opportunity to express their irritation with some of the Board’s recent actions, including the December 2014 passage of the “ambush election” rules. Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) posited that the rule seemed very pro-Labor:
“I think that two weeks is certainly not enough time to organize something as important as the election of union representation,” Cole said.
Chairman Pearce acknowledged that the Board had recently been the subject of some controversy, but chose not to debate Congressman Cole’s assertion.
As we have noted previously, the “ambush election” rules have been disapproved of by both the House and Senate, although President Obama will very likely veto the attempt to repeal the rules.