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February 1, 2015

Senators Introduce Bill To Reform National Labor Relations Board

Last week, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a bill that would alter the makeup of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The board is currently made up of five voting members; Sens. McConnell and Alexander’s bill would increase that number to six and would also require an even partisan split on the board. 

Additionally, according to The National Law Review, the bill would change the Senate’s role in the approval of NLRB nominees by giving it greater input before the president announces his nominees. Specifically, “The bill would replace ‘appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’ with ‘appointed by the President, after consultation with the leader of the Senate representing the party opposing the party of the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.’” 

It is unclear when the Senate will consider this bill, but it has been referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. 

In a statement Sen. McConnell said, “The NLRB’s politically motivated decisions and controversial regulations threaten the jobs of hardworking Americans who just want to provide for their families.  So it’s time to restore balance and bipartisanship. The NLRB Reform Act would help turn the board’s focus from ideological crusades that catch workers in the crossfire to the kind of common-sense, bipartisan solutions workers deserve.” 

As Connecting the Dots has reported, MSCI has been an active opponent of several recent NLRB decisions that expand labor unions’ reach into the private sector. To learn more about our efforts and on NLRB overreach in general, please visit the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace’s website. MSCI is a member of this coalition.