U.S. Senate Confirms Two Important Labor Nominees
Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed nominees to two key labor policy positions: John Ring to fill the final open seat on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Patrick Pizzella to be the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Ring, who was confirmed on a 50-48 vote, will now serve as chairman of the NLRB. His arrival gives Republicans a three-person majority on the five-member board and will give the NLRB wider latitude to roll back recent decisions that had favored labor unions. At the top of the NLRB’s list will be reversing the joint employer standard, a ruling that determines who is responsible for labor violations committed by franchisees and contractors.
Labor Deputy Secretary Pizzella takes office at a time in which the Labor Department is short-staffed and grappling with pressing issues like the future of apprenticeships, the need for further regulatory reform, and the opioid crisis and its effect on the workforce. As the department’s second-in-command, Pizzella will play a critical role in setting these policies.