NLRB Approves Union Election Speed-Up Rule

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 1:35 pm

The National Labor Relations Board, in what could be one of its final acts before it goes dark due to a lack of a quorum, formally approved new rules that would accelerate union elections. Because there may not be a functional NLRB after January 1, however, there will be no immediate practical effect to this [...]

Financial, Labor Regulators Would be Crippled Without Key Appointments

By: Monday December 19, 2011 10:58 am

The recess appointment fight nominally only concerns Richard Cordray, the nominee to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Republicans want to block his confirmation because they stop the agency from gaining regulatory powers over non-bank financial institutions if they remain without a director. So they’re using the nomination fight as a proxy to force changes [...]

McConnell Admits President Could Pull Off Recess Appointments

By: Saturday December 17, 2011 1:23 pm

As is typical at the end of the year, Harry Reid attempted to clear out a backlog of uncontroversial Presidential appointments before the holiday break. But Mitch McConnell would not allow it. He wanted assurances, instead, that the President would not seek out any recess appointments during the break, and he objected to moving the [...]

Obama Nominates Two to NLRB; Confirmation Impossible Without Recess Appointments

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 9:35 am

The Obama Administration, expecting that we’re in an age where the normal rules of politics apply and not an age of nullification, nominated two labor officials for open slots on the National Labor Relations Board. That board will see previous recess appointments expire at the end of the year, leaving it without a quorum and [...]

NLRB Passes Union Election Speed-Up Rule

By: Thursday December 1, 2011 2:34 pm

I forgot to circle back around to this. In my story yesterday on the settlement in the Boeing/NLRB dispute, I mentioned that the NLRB planned a vote on a scaled-back proposal to speed up union elections and reduce the endless delays and intimidation that has characterized how management handles them. There was some question as [...]

Boeing/NLRB Dispute Likely Ends With Machinist Union Settlement

By: Wednesday November 30, 2011 2:15 pm

The Machinists union reached tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Boeing, in a move that probably ends the dispute over moving a factory from Washington State to South Carolina, which prompted action from the NLRB against what they saw as an illegal labor violation: It is not immediately clear what, if any, impact [...]

Lindsey Graham Tried to Bully NLRB Before Boeing Complaint

By: Thursday November 10, 2011 7:38 am

Sen. Lindsey Graham openly threatened the National Labor Relations Board before they filed a complaint against Boeing for illegally moving their plant from Washington state to South Carolina, according to notes taken by the NLRB’s general counsel, Lafe Solomon. The House Oversight Committee obtained the documents through a subpoena, and they show total intimidation on [...]

Labor Struggles to Break Free From Cultural, Structural Barriers

By: Monday September 5, 2011 10:47 am

The World Trade Organization ruled today that the US legally imposed tariffs on Chinese tire imports last year. These tariffs were imposed in response to a United Steelworkers petition, showing that Chinese firms were dumping substandard tires on US markets, causing “material injury” to the domestic tire industry. This victory at the WTO is a [...]

Flurry of Regulatory, Judicial Rulings Block Regressive Efforts, Show Progress

By: Wednesday August 31, 2011 12:11 pm

It’s been a pretty good day for the regulatory state. In addition to the Justice Department’s effort to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, they also held up South Carolina’s new voter ID law, on the grounds that it would disenfranchise voters: In a letter to the attorney general, the voting rights chief asked questions including how [...]

A Closer Look at the House GOP Agenda for the Rest of the Year

By: Monday August 29, 2011 12:35 pm

Just to get back to this drive for regulatory reform that you’ll see from the House GOP over the next several months, with spending de-emphasized, take a look at Eric Cantor’s memo on the upcoming agenda from the chamber. About 80% of it concerns repealing “job-destroying regulations,” which suddenly have become the core reason for [...]

NLRB Issues New Rules on Workplace Postings of Union Rights

By: Friday August 26, 2011 8:15 am

I don’t think the President gets enough credit for revitalizing the NLRB. This was an example of Obama doing the right thing without worrying about the political consequences. NLRB commissioners were stuck and the board was unable to operate with less than a quorum. Republicans were holding up the commissioners, including one of their own [...]

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