On January 26, 2017, President Trump named sole Republican Board Member Philip A. Miscimarra to serve as Acting Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board.  Chairman Miscimarra, whose term expires on December 16, 2017, said of his appointment:// //

It is an honor to be named NLRB Acting Chairman by the President.  I remain committed to the task that Congress has assigned to the Board, which is to foster stability and to apply the National Labor Relations Act in an even-handed manner that serves the interests of employees, employers and unions throughout the country.

There remain two Republican vacancies on the Board, and two Democrats serving terms into late 2018 and 2019.  Similarly, the term of National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard Griffin — a Democrat appointee, and the former head lawyer for the International Union of Operating Engineers — does not expire until November 2017.  As all White House appointments have become somewhat bogged down in the confirmation process, there has been little discussion about these additional Board positions.  Thus, when the two vacancies might be filled, and whether or not President Trump will have an opportunity to replace Mr. Griffin as General Counsel before November are open questions.

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