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AFL-CIO’s Trumka: Card Check Will Become Law in President Obama’s Second Term

Posted in EFCA, White House
Politico’s 44 blog quotes a piece by the Atlantic’s Molly Ball, highlighting AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s recent assertion that organized labor has not given up on the Employee Free Choice Act. Trumka tells Ball that the card-check legislation to facilitate private sector unionization will be enacted if President Obama is re-elected: I note that Trumka… Continue Reading

Forty-Four Senators Introduce Resolution to Halt National Labor Relations Board Implementation of “Quickie” Election Rule

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRB Rule-Making, Representation Elections, Senate, White House
Forty-four senators including Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today introduced a Resolution of Disapproval (S.J. Res 36) challenging the National Labor Relations Board’s new rules expediting union representation elections. Passage of the Resolution, submitted under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), would allow Congress to… Continue Reading

President Obama Re-Nominates Three Members Previously “Recess” Appointed to NLRB

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, Senate, White House
Yesterday, President Obama  sent to the Senate the nominations of the three National Labor Relations Board Members which he previously appointed to the Board during a pro forma session of Congress last month.  The nominations read: Sharon Block, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five… Continue Reading

Three Congressional Hearings on Tap For President’s “Recess” Appointments to NLRB

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, White House
If you have not been following the response to President Obama’s January 4, 2012 appointment of three Members to the National Labor Relations Board (along with Richard Cordray’s appointment as CFPB Director), you’ll have plenty of opportunity soon.  The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) will hold a hearing on Wednesday morning entitled, "Uncharted Territory: What… Continue Reading

Labor Relations Today Releases “Labor Law 2011: A Very Active Year in Review”

Posted in Executive Orders, Federal Court Litigation, Government Contracting, Legislation, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Misc., NLRB Rule-Making, Presidential Appointments, Remedies, Representation Elections, SCOTUS, Senate, Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices, White House
2011 was the most dynamic year in labor law in quite some time.  Fueling many of the changes last year were the impending departures of National Labor Relations Board Chairman Wilma Liebman and Member Craig Becker. With no certainty as to when Liebman or Becker might be properly replaced, the Board acted aggressively while it… Continue Reading

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

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

Final Rule Published Denying Reimbursement to Federal Contractors for Activities Undertaken to Persuade Employees Regarding Union Representation

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, Executive Orders, Government Contracting, Representation Elections, White House
The Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and NASA have published a Final Rule in the Federal Register to implement Executive Order 13494, "Economy in Government Contracting."  The Order, one of three Executive Orders issued by President Obama on January 30, 2009 regarding labor relations, declared the costs of any activities undertaken by federal contractors to persuade employees… 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

House Subcommittee Hearing Looks at President Obama’s Executive Order Regarding PLA’s for Government Construction Contracts

Posted in Executive Orders, Government Contracting, House of Representatives, Legislation, Project Labor Agreements, White House
Last Friday, a subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform held a hearing entitled "H.R. 735 And Project Labor Agreements: Restoring Competition & Neutrality To Gov’t Construction Projects".  The bill number identified in the hearing title, introduced earlier this year by  Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK), is the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R.… Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Labor Seeks Public Comment on Regulation Reform via New Webpage

Posted in Department of Labor, Executive Orders, Persuader Rules, White House
The U.S. Department of Labor yesterday announced a one-month period for public comment on a preliminary plan to revise department regulations. The Department has established a special webpage for members of the public to provide feedback on its "Preliminary Plan for Retrospective Analysis of Existing Rules".  This online tool is part of the Department’s compliance… 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

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

Politico: Labor Leaders “Furious” With President Obama

Posted in Unions, White House
Apparently Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was more generous than some in expressing only "disappointment" with President Obama yesterday.  Ben Smith and John Bresnahan report at Politico that the President and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) were greeted with rage at a private meeting with the AFL-CIO’s Executive Board.  From Politico: Furious union presidents complained about budget… Continue Reading

House Oversight Committee Holds Hearing on Project Labor Agreements

Posted in Executive Orders, House of Representatives, Project Labor Agreements, White House
On Wednesday morning, the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform held a hearing entitled "Regulatory Impediments to Job Creation: The Cost of Doing Business in the Construction Industry".  A main focus of the hearing was President Obama’s Executive Order 13502.  That EO, one of four issued during the President’s first month in office in 2009, allows federal… Continue Reading

National Journal and Politico on the State of Labor’s Political Clout

Posted in Media Round-Up, State/Local Issues, Unions, White House
As Ohio’s SB5 proceeds toward likely passage, and the protests continue in Madison, Wisconsin, the National Journal‘s Reid Wilson examines Labor’s "precarious position in the political arena."  After discussing the considerable power of unions in the Democrats’ experiences during Pennsylvania’s 2002 state elections, and early in Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential run, Wilson observes: Then… 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

Letter to President Obama From Senators Enzi and Hatch Regarding Becker Re-Nomination

Posted in NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, Senate, White House
Last night we noted the Daily Caller report that Senators Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) had asked President Obama to withdraw the nomination of Craig Becker to continue serving as a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.  Today, the Senators released a statement about the letter, which was signed by all forty-seven Republican Senators: “I oppose the… Continue Reading

Senators Restate Opposition to Becker Re-Nomination

Posted in NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, Senate, White House
Last week, President Obama once again sent to the Senate the nomination of Craig Becker to sit as a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.  Becker’s nomination failed a cloture vote last year, 52-33, after which the President named him to the Board by recess appointment.  In the absence of further action on his… Continue Reading

President Obama Re-Submits Nomination of Craig Becker to NLRB

Posted in NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, Senate, White House
Yesterday, President Obama once again sent to the Senate the nomination of current National Labor Relations Board Member Craig Becker for a term of five years expiring December 16, 2014.   The President previously nominated Member Becker — a former professor and attorney for SEIU and the AFL-CIO — to the Board back in July of 2009. … Continue Reading

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