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Newly Appointed NLRB Members Sworn In, Select Staff, Amid Continuing Controversy

Posted in Media Round-Up, NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, Senate, White House
Earlier this week, the National Labor Relations Board announced that Members Sharon Block, Terence F. Flynn and Richard F. Griffin were sworn in to office.  Ignoring the controversy that continues to swirl about their appointment, the Board’s press release asserts that their seating: bring[s] the Board to full five‑member strength for the first time since August… Continue Reading

LXBN-TV: “Seth Borden of McKenna Long Breaks Down the NLRB Appointments”

Posted in Media Round-Up, NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, SCOTUS, Senate, White House
Following up on our posts from last week on President Obama’s appointment of three new Members to the National Labor Relations Board, I did this interview with the excellent LXBN-TV: Check out the other great video clips on LexBlog’s LXBN-TV site, including this one by Ballard Spahr’s Christopher Willis discussing the related issue of Richard… Continue Reading

Debate Escalates on President Obama’s NLRB “Recess” Appointments

Posted in Media Round-Up, NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, SCOTUS, Senate, White House
The political and legal reaction to President Obama’s three "recess" appointments to the National Labor Relations Board continued apace today. The Cato Institute’s Walter Olsen points out that the New York Times editorial page celebrated the President’s actions, including a hardy "Hear, Hear": Announcing the appointments, Mr. Obama also asserted a welcome new credo: “When Congress… Continue Reading

More on President Obama’s “Recess” Appointments to the NLRB

Posted in NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, SCOTUS, Senate, White House
Political reaction to the President’s appointments today was swift.  Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said he was "extremely disappointed to see President Obama recess appoint new members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and avoid the Constitutionally mandated Senate confirmation process."  In a… Continue Reading

President Obama Announces Three Recess Appointments to NLRB Despite Senate in Pro Forma Session

Posted in NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, SCOTUS, Senate, White House
Today, President Obama announced three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in an effort to ensure that the Board continues to operate with a full quorum throughout 2012.  The President’s action has been criticized, however, and is certain to invite legal challenge as the appointments arguably violate the Constitution’s Advice and Consent mandate. … Continue Reading

NLRB Announces Final Rule to Expedite Elections; Senator Announces Effort to Block Rule Via Congressional Resolution

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRB Administration, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections, Senate
The National Labor Relations Board announced today that it has adopted a final rule amending its election case procedures to shorten the time between the filing of a petition and the conduct of an election. The rule will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, December 22, and is due to take effect on April 30,… Continue Reading

President Plans to Nominate Two Democrats to the NLRB

Posted in House of Representatives, Presidential Appointments, Senate, White House
President Obama announced yesterday plans to nominate two Democrats to the National Labor Relations Board. The planned nominees are Sharon Block, deputy assistant secretary for congressional affairs at the Department of Labor, and Richard Griffin, who is currently general counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers. According to news sources, both have backgrounds in… Continue Reading

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) Introduces Bill to Reverse NLRB’s “Micro-Union” Decision

Posted in Legislation, NLRB Decisions, Representation Elections, Senate
Late last week, Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced the Representation Fairness Restoration Act (S. 1843) — legislation designed to reverse the National Labor Relations Board’s August 26, 2011 decision in the Specialty Healthcare case. In that decision, the Board overruled 20 years of practice regarding how it determines the "appropriate unit" in non-acute health care facilities.  More importantly, however, the… Continue Reading

Graham NLRB Amendment to Appropriations Bill Fails 15-15 Committee Vote

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRB Administration, Senate
On September 15, 2011, the House of Representatives passed The Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587) which would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer a business. The Democratic majority in the Senate caused many to reasonably ask whether the House action mattered, as the bill… Continue Reading

The American Jobs Act of 2011’s Davis-Bacon and Project Labor Agreement Requirements

Posted in Davis-Bacon, Executive Orders, Government Contracting, Legislation, Project Labor Agreements, Senate, White House
On September 13, 2011, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced President Obama’s “American Jobs Act of 2011” (S. 1549). The President has been on a barn-storming tour, urging passage of the bill as the nation’s unemployment rate remains north of nine percent. The Democratic National Committee has also launched a website to promote the… Continue Reading

Senator Hatch (R-UT) Requests Information Regarding NLRB Member Craig Becker’s Relationship to Union Campaign Manual

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Negotiations, NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, Senate
Earlier this year, food service and logistics giant Sodexo USA filed a civil lawsuit against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) alleging Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act violations in connection with the union’s corporate campaign against the company.  In the course of that litigation, copies of the SEIU’s "Contract Campaign Manual" recently became… Continue Reading

FAA Furlough Likely to Continue for Weeks; Parties in Congress Differ on Impact of NMB Union Election Rule

Posted in House of Representatives, Representation Elections, RLA, Senate
Congress has adjourned for up to five weeks without passing a bill to extend funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, resulting in "unprecedented" furloughs due to a partial shutdown of agency operations.  Approximately 4,000 FAA employees are out of work following the July 22 failure of Congress to pass at least a temporary extension of funding… Continue Reading

Senator DeMint (R-SC) Introduces Bill to Prevent NLRB “Quickie Elections”

Posted in Legislation, NLRA, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections, Senate
Just over a week after the National Labor Relations Board held two days of hearings on its proposed rule to shorten the time between the filing of a petition and the conduct of a representation election, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced “The Fair Representation in Elections Act of 2011” (S. 1425). The bill would guarantee… Continue Reading

NLRB Public Hearings on “Quickie” Elections to Proceed on July 18-19

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections, Senate
When the National Labor Relations Board announced its proposed rulemaking to shorten the time between the filing of representation petitions and the resulting elections, it announced that it would hold public hearings on July 18th (and possibly 19th).  It allowed interested parties a few days to request participation.  A number of public officials and employer… Continue Reading

WaPo Opinion: “Labor’s Hail Mary Pass”

Posted in EFCA, House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, Senate, Unions, White House
In today’s Washington Post, columnist Harold Meyerson chronicles frustration with the state of the labor movement in America and the resulting shift in the organizing strategy of the AFL-CIO and the SEIU.  In "Labor’s Hail Mary Pass," he asserts this shift "reflects a belief that the American labor movement may be on the verge of extinction and must radically… Continue Reading

Senator Alexander (R-TN) and 33 Republican Co-Sponsors Introduce Bill to Clarify Interplay Between NLRA and State Right to Work Laws

Posted in Legislation, NLRA, NLRB Administration, Senate, State/Local Issues
Yesterday, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) took to the floor of the Senate to introduce the "Jobs Protection Act" (S. 964).  The bill, co-sponsored by Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and thirty-one other Republican Senators, would by Sen. Alexander’s description: clarify that the NLRB would not be able to order an employer to relocate… Continue Reading

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) to Introduce National Right to Work Protection Legislation

Posted in Legislation, NLRA, RLA, Senate
During floor debate on the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act (S. 483), Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced that he, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Senator Lindsay Graham (R-TN) would be introducing a bill entitled the "National Right to Work Protection Act."  Sen. Alexander introduced the proposal thus: I rise today to talk about a piece of legislation which will be… Continue Reading

NYT: National Labor Relations Board to Sue Arizona, South Dakota Over Anti-Card-Check Amendments

Posted in EFCA, Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, Senate, State/Local Issues
Steven Greenhouse writes in the New York Times that the National Labor Relations Board plans to proceed with lawsuits against two of the four states it threatened earlier this year over state constitutional amendments to ban union recognition by card-check.  On January 14, 2011, Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon advised the Attorneys General of Arizona,… Continue Reading

NAM Explores Political Future of NLRB Composition

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, Senate, White House
At its Shopfloor blog, the National Association of Manufacturers today revisits the status of the various nominations and appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.  President Obama nominated Member Craig Becker — a former professor and attorney for SEIU and the AFL-CIO — to the Board back in July of 2009.  In February 2010, the Senate… Continue Reading

NLRB Provides Representation Case Data, Allows Submission of Supplemental Briefs in Specialty Healthcare

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections, Senate
In a case questioned as evidence of the National Labor Relations Board’s desire to implement significant change in the way it determines appropriate units for bargaining, the NLRB last week extended the time for submission of supplemental briefs by interested parties. In February 2009, the Board granted the Employer’s Request for Review in Specialty Healthcare… Continue Reading

Secret Ballot Protection Act Introduced in House

Posted in EFCA, House of Representatives, Legislation, Representation Elections, Senate
Chairman of the House HELP Sub-Committee, Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) has introduced the Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R. 972).  Back on January 27, 2011, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced the Senate version of the bill (S. 217).  Rep. Roe’s bill tracks Senator DeMint’s bill, and the language of the bill as introduced in previous sessions of Congress.… Continue Reading

Senator Jim DeMint Introduces National Right to Work Bill

Posted in Legislation, NLRA, Senate
Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) has introduced a National Right to Work bill in the Senate, joined by seven Republican original co-sponsors.  In a statement issued earlier today, Senator DeMint identified Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), James Risch (R-ID), Pat Toomey (R-PA) and David Vitter (R-LA) as co-sponsors of… Continue Reading

Bill Introduced to Reverse President Obama’s Executive Order on Project Labor Agreements

Posted in Executive Orders, Government Contracting, House of Representatives, Legislation, Project Labor Agreements, Senate, White House
On Wednesday, Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) introduced a bill designed to reverse President Obama’s Executive Order 13502.  That EO, one of four issued during the President’s first month in office in 2009, allows federal executive agencies to require contractors on large-scale government construction projects to enter into a project labor agreement as a condition of being… Continue Reading

Georgia Rep Introduces Bill to Reverse NMB Rule on Union Elections

Posted in House of Representatives, Representation Elections, RLA, Senate
Last week, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) introduced legislation to reverse a controversial rule change implemented by the National Mediation Board (NMB) last year which made it easier to organize unions in the airline industry. The "Restoring Democracy in the Workplace Act" (H.R. 548) is intended to repeal a rule published by the NMB on May 11, 2010,… Continue Reading

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