NLRB Proposal for Union Elections Could Prove Substantial

By: Thursday February 6, 2014 12:07 pm

The National Labor Relations Board is studying a proposal to change the union election system to make it easier for workers to vote in a union at their workplace.


Why It Just Got Harder for the Government to Find Good People

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 1:05 pm

Yesterday’s Senate deal to avoid the nuclear option was a short term win for President Obama. After a long delay he will finally get seven people he wanted confirmed to seven executive branch position, which should make it easier to govern. Long term though it is another loss for effective and non-corrupt government.

Does the Netroots Care About Nuclear Power?

By: Friday June 15, 2012 3:04 pm

Throughout the three-plus days of panels, training sessions, caucuses and keynotes, attendees quite likely heard no mention of nuclear power, its persistent threats to safety, its drastic drain on the budget, its onerous oppression of workers or its brazen gouging of rate-payers. For, while there were well over 100 panels, and dozens of other training sessions and caucuses, nothing on the schedule even made a passing attempt to address nuclear energy here in the United States or the ongoing (and growing) crisis of radioactive contamination from Fukushima spreading across the globe.

Holdup of New Union Election Rules a Consequence of Punting on EFCA

By: Tuesday May 15, 2012 3:33 pm

The failure to pass better rules for forming labor unions during the 2009-2010 period has now shown its full costs. Yesterday, a federal appeals court blocked the more modest union election rules approved by the National Labor Relations Board, on the grounds that the NLRB did not have a quorum when it approved the rules.

Obama Nominates Two to NLRB; Confirmation Impossible Without Recess Appointments

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 1:10 pm

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 unable to function. The two appointees would fill the Democratic spots on the board.

NLRB: Facebook Discussions Between Co-Workers are Protected Speech

By: Tuesday November 9, 2010 1:15 pm

This is why it’s nice to have a Democratic majority on the National Labor Relations Board: workers get rights. The National Labor Relations Board ruled that an employee can safely discuss work issues with their co-workers on Facebook without fearing punishment by their employer.

NLRB Counsel Resigns to Get Head Start on Fighting “Activist Role” of “Obama NLRB”

By: Thursday June 3, 2010 5:00 pm

National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Ronald Meisburg will resign from his post before the end of June, about two months shy of the official end of his term. Yesterday, the law firm which Meisburg plans to join, Proskauer Rose LLP, trumpeted his hire in a press release. The firm, and Meisburg, are quite shameless about the revolving door problem, it seems. Not only did Proskauer Rose brag about the hire, but it gleefully reported that the addition of Meisburg will allow its management clients to better fight the “activist role” of the “Obama NLRB.”

Obama Appoints Two Democratic Nominees to NLRB, Leaves GOP Nominee Behind

By: Saturday March 27, 2010 2:00 pm

Today President Obama announced a series of recess appointments, including – count ‘em – two seats on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Both appointees, Craig Becker and Mark Pearce, are Democrats nominees. A third nominee, Brian Hayes, a staffer for Senator Mike Enzi, was left behind to be voted on by the Senate.

McCain Wins Again: Craig Becker to Have Hearing for NLRB Nomination

By: Friday January 29, 2010 4:30 pm

Sen. John McCain is now two for two: Craig Becker, one of Barack Obama’s three nominations to the National Labor Relations Board will have a hearing before the Senate HELP Committee next week, marking a victory for John McCain and the Republicans.

Arcane Labor Law Counts the Votes of Non-Voters

By: Thursday November 5, 2009 2:12 pm

      Imagine voting on a ballot initiative and knowing that everyone who didn’t show up at the polls still got to vote—because their votes would be counted as “No.” That’s the process for airline and railway workers when they vote on whether to join a union. The election results are tallied not by [...]

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