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[/break1]bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-30/obama-s-labor-board-reverses-bush-union-rule.html]Bloomberg





Business Groups Say Labor Board Actions Jeopardize Job Creation





The National Labor Relations Board, in two decisions backed by unions, overturned a Bush-era ruling on organizing and supported efforts to form smaller bargaining units in the health-care industry





U.S. business groups. led by retailers and manufacturers. and a Republican U.S. House member said the decisions released yesterday are a reward to labor groups for political support that will derail economic growth and stifle job creation.





“The NLRB is pursuing an agenda that undermines the very job growth our economy sorely needs,” Katherine Lugar, executive vice president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association that includes Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) and Target Corp. (TGT) among members, said yesterday in a statement.





The panel overturned a ruling under President George W. Bush that made it easier for employers to challenge union organizing. The board also backed efforts to create smaller units in health-care companies. The rulings were issued four days after Wilma Liebman, President Barack Obama’s chairman, ended her term.





“We certainly advocated for this,” Nancy Schiffer, associate general counsel for the AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor federation, said of the two decisions in an interview.


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Post by Addie » Sat Aug 29, 2015 6:31 pm

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Enraging industry, labor board asserts its power under Obama

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has become a lightning rod for controversy under President Obama, with its aggressive actions fueling sustained warfare between business and labor.

From the labor board’s bitter fight with Boeing, to the creation of new union election rules, the NLRB has repeatedly moved to the forefront of political debate, drawing in Congress, the White House and even the Supreme Court. ...

“I’m pretty much amazed when unions say the Obama administration hasn’t done very much for them,” Michael Lotito, an employment and labor attorney. “There’s perhaps no labor board that has done more for organized labor than this one has.”

Beth Milito, senior legal counsel at the National Federation of Independent Business, said the labor board has “really put the wind back in the sails of unions."

Labor unions say the actions taken by the NLRB — an independent agency — are long overdue, and have cheered the board every step of the way.


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Post by Addie » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:50 am

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Trump pushes U.S. labor board toward Republican control

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had picked an employment lawyer who has represented companies and business groups for a vacancy on the National Labor Relations Board.

The White House said in a statement that Trump intended to nominate William Emanuel, 75, to fill one of two vacancies on the five-member NLRB, which oversees union elections and disputes between workers, unions, and employers. The move brings the agency closer to having a Republican majority, which is expected to undo a series of recent decisions seen as favoring unions.

Emanuel, a Los Angeles-based partner at law firm Littler Mendelson, has worked with Republicans in Congress and major trade groups from an array of industries, and has for decades defended employers in cases before the board.

He is a member of the conservative Federalist Society, an influential group of lawyers credited with pushing Trump to nominate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch to the high court.

Trump last week said he intended to nominate fellow Republican Marvin Kaplan, a lawyer with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, to another vacancy on the board. The positions require confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

The NLRB has been controlled by Democrats for nearly a decade and they currently have a 2-1 majority.


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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:21 am

Addie wrote:Reuters
Trump pushes U.S. labor board toward Republican control

:snippity: The White House said in a statement that Trump intended to nominate William Emanuel,75,to fill one of two vacancies on the five-member NLRB, :snippity: .
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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:31 am

In These Times - Sean Richman
A New Bill of Rights for Workers: 10 Demands the Labor Movement Can Fight for and Win ...

These demands resulted in a landmark victory. The 1935 NLRA encouraged collective bargaining by establishing a federal agency, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), to certify the existence of a union at a workplace and sanction employers who refused to deal with a bona fide union.

Another point of the NLRA was to keep labor disputes out of the courts. Most unions have stuck with the intent of the Act and shied away from pursuing rights and benefits that cannot be won at the bargaining table. Employers have shown no such reticence. They’ve attacked workers’ rights in the courts since the day the NLRA was passed, steadily chipping away at hard-won protections.

A fundamental flaw in the Act opened the door to these successful attacks. The NLRA’s authority derives from the Constitution’s commerce clause. Legal experts at the time argued that this framing had the best shot at withstanding legal challenges under a Supreme Court hostile to New Deal legislation.

Representatives of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) had, instead, pushed hard to base the Act on the 13th Amendment, which banned slavery and involuntary servitude. The AFL’s Andrew Furuseth warned of settling for short-term legislative gains while leaving unsettled the legal question of “whether or not that man or woman shall have a right to combine with others for the purpose of ... doing collectively what you can’t do individually.”

His concern proved prescient. The NLRA’s grounding in the commerce clause means that when labor disputes go to court, they are judged by their potential impact on business. The last half-century has demonstrated that, by this yardstick, the courts consistently sympathize with business interests. As a result, unions are hampered by rules that would never be applied to corporations, or to any other form of political action.


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