Senate Approves All Five NLRB Nominees


By: Anthony Del Rio
For the first time in several years, the National Labor Relations Board will be at full strength.    On July 30th, the Senate approved all five of President Obama’s nominees to the NLRB.  Up to this point, the NLRB has been limping along with only three (and sometimes fewer) members.  The limited number of Board members that the NLRB has been operating with has led to several challenges to the validity of their decisions.  However, now operating at full force, the NLRB’s decisions will no longer be subject to challenges on those grounds.
These appointments follow on the heels of President Obama’s failed attempt at controversial recess appointments.  The new Board will be made up of three Democrats and two Republicans.  Members of the labor community have very strong opinions on the new Board.