Currently, three of the five seats on the NLRB are vacant and the Democratic Congress has prohibited President Bush from appointing anyone to fill those vacancies. President Obama will not meet that type of political resistance when he appoints a majority of the members to the Board. In fact, being an attorney or a judge is not a requirement to sit on the Board, which means that Obama can literally appoint anyone he wants to appoint to serve on the National Labor Relations Board. Some believe he will reward a President of one of the major Unions with such a position, since the Unions provided over $500 million to his campaign. No matter who is appointed, the Board will obviously be pro-union and its decisions will reflect the members’ politics. I will keep you all updated as to the Obama appointments as they are announced.
Posted on December 30, 2008 by ohiolaborlawyers