Business Groups Concerned About Lack of Republican Presence on NLRB

Friday, 21 Dec 2012 01:33 PM

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) now includes no Republicans, and that has business groups worried that their interests won’t be represented.

Usually the board, which oversees labor practices, has three members of the party that controls the White House and two from the opposition party.

But Republican Brian Hayes left earlier this week after his two-year terms ended. And fellow GOPer Terence Flynn resigned earlier this year. It’s unclear when President Obama will nominate replacements and whether they will be Republicans.

The National Association of Manufacturers seeks “balance” on the board, Amanda Wood, the group’s director of employment policy, tells The Hill.

“It’s not a Democrat-versus-Republican thing. It’s important to hear all sides of the argument when looking at these issues. . . . A fully functioning and balanced NLRB is key to issuing smart rules and thoughtful decisions.”

Sean Higgins, senior editorial writer at The Examiner, isn’t too happy about the turn of events either. “Even before there was an all-Democratic board, the NLRB under Obama raised eyebrows with its aggressive actions,” he writes.

“Now, the NLRB won't even have to bother with any members dissenting or otherwise slowing it down. The game goes a lot faster when you are all on the same team.


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