Tag Archives: On The Hill

House Bill Spotlights Paid Union Activities By Federal Employees

A House bill would require federal agencies to report annually on the amount of “official time” (i.e., taxpayer-paid time) that federal employees spend on union activities rather than working at their regular job duties. H.R. 1293 (the “Official Time Reform Act of 2017”) was introduced by Rep. David Ross (R-Fla.) on March 1, 2017, and … Continue Reading

R. Alexander Acosta Picked to Head Department of Labor

President Donald Trump has nominated R. Alexander Acosta to be Secretary of Labor. His nomination comes one day after Andrew Puzder, Trump’s first pick to lead the Department of Labor, withdrew his nomination. Acosta, currently the Dean of Florida International University’s law school, is the son of Cuban immigrants. If confirmed, Acosta would be the … Continue Reading

DOL Nominee Puzder’s Hearing Rescheduled

The confirmation hearing for Andrew Puzder, President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, has been postponed from January 12 to the week of January 16, according to a report in Politico. The hearing will take place before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The Committee is chaired by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).… Continue Reading

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Mediations Halted Because of Shutdown

Due to a lack of funding, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) mediators are prohibited from attending mediation session until the government shutdown ends and funding is available, Jackson Lewis has learned.   According to the FMCS’s Contingency Plan for Agency Operations in the Absence of Appropriations, FMCS will continue to provide collective bargaining mediation services … Continue Reading

Update: Interesting Times on the Hill, But the Real Action Is in the Courts

Labor law issues again have taken a leading role in Washington politics.  As reported on this blog recently, two controversial GOP-supported bills are currently before the House Education and Workforce Committee.  See, NLRA Amendments Introduced in Congress. While their passage is extremely unlikely, given the Democrat majority in the Senate, the issues addressed by both … Continue Reading

NLRB Actions to be Reviewed by Congressional Committee

The House Education and the Workforce committee is holding a hearing on February 11, 2011, to review the actions of the National Labor Relations Board.  We expect they will talk about recent NLRB decisions and rulemaking efforts and the general direction of the Board.  In 2010, the Board’s budget was $287 million, up $20 million … Continue Reading

“Full House” (For Now) at the Labor Board

The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed both Mark Gaston Pearce and Brian Hayes to serve as members of the National Labor Relations Board.  This brings the membership at the Board from four to five for the first time since 2007.    Mr. Pearce has already been serving as a member of the NLRB since April … Continue Reading

Senators are Candid at Jackson Lewis Conference

Senators Orrin Hatch and Tom Harkin, members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, spoke at the 20th Jackson Lewis Corporate Counsel Conference in Washington, D.C. on May 13. Senator Harkin said at an IAM conference held a few days before that EFCA was his top priority.  We asked Senator Hatch during our breakfast … Continue Reading

Senate Vote Blocked

As expected, the Senate Democratic majority failed to muster the votes necessary to invoke cloture on the nomination of Craig Becker to the NLRB yesterday. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s release below provides additional details as well as three possible directions this might take. *** TO:     All Members of the U.S. Chamber’s Labor Relations Committee … Continue Reading

Becker Nomination Draws Democrat’s Opposition on Key Vote

With the Administration’s nomination of Craig Becker for a seat on the National Labor Relations Board set for a cloture vote in the Senate today, Nebraska’s Democratic Senator Ben Nelson has announced he will join with Republicans in opposing the Senate leadership’s motion to cut off debate on Becker.  Cloture would clear the way for … Continue Reading

Becker Approved

As expected, the Senate HELP Committee has approved the nomination of Craig Becker to the NLRB on a party line vote. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s release below provides additional details. *** TO:   Members of the U.S. Chamber’s Labor Relations Committee and other interested members of the business community As scheduled the Committee on Health, Education, … Continue Reading

Senate HELP Committee Begins Hearings on Becker Nomination

  Senator Orrin Hatch’s (R-Utah) opening remarks on the first day of Senate HELP Committee hearings on the nomination of Craig Becker to the NLRB, available here, contained a salvo of questions probing the nominee’s controversial positions on key labor relations law issues, such as his view that employers should have no right express their … Continue Reading

U.S. Chamber Calls to Action on Becker Nomination

Immediate action called for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in connection with the Becker nomination to the NLRB. See Chamber’s release below.  Additional information about the possible impact of this appointment will be found in several recent Jackson Lewis EFCA and Labor Law Reform blog. If you would like to discuss the significance of … Continue Reading

Becker Nomination Will Go Before Senate HELP Committee

The Senate HELP Committee will hold a hearing on the Craig Becker nomination to the NLRB on February 2 at 4:00 p.m. (http://help.senate.gov/Hearings/2010_02_02/2010_02_02.html).  The Committee will then consider him and we expect Becker’s nomination will be approved and likely referred to the full Senate for confirmation.  Senate Democrats may try to rush Becker’s confirmation vote … Continue Reading

“Health Care Reform” Key to Higher Union Membership? But at What Cost?

Workplace discrimination on the basis of an employee’s support for, or opposition to, a labor organization has been unlawful since 1935, when the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) was passed.  One exception to this principle of non-discrimination:  In non-right-to-work states, such as Massachusetts and California, an employee can be required to pay union dues under … Continue Reading

Oregon Law Bars Employers’ Mandatory Meetings on Unionization, Requires Posting of Notice

On January 1, 2010, Oregon Senate Bill 519 became effective, making Oregon the first state in the country to bar employers from requiring employees to attend meetings to learn about the company’s views about unionization. The law has several components, including the creation of a new classification of wrongful termination lawsuits and the requirement that all … Continue Reading

Craig Becker Renominated by President Obama

As reported here, the Senate late last year unanimously refused to carry over Mr. Becker’s nomination for consideration in the next Session of Congress. The nomination was thus returned to President Obama.  Now, according to the New York Times, President Obama has decided to renominate Craig Becker as a member of the National Labor Relations Board. … Continue Reading

Report Reveals Flaws in Union Studies

Labor advocates often refer to recent union “studies” as support for labor law reform. These, as it turns out, “lack sufficient credibility and analytical vigor” to support their conclusions. This revelation is made in a newly-released White Paper, Responding to Union Rhetoric: The Reality of the American Workplace, published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber … Continue Reading

Organized Labor Resorting to Hardball Political to Pressure for Labor Law Reform

As we reported in “With EFCA ‘Reform’ on Hold in Congress, Unions Turn to State Legislatures for Labor Law Change,” Kris Maher wrote an article discussing the signing into law of the “Worker Freedom Act” in Oregon, which prohibits employers from holding mandatory meetings with employees to discuss union organizing.  In Washington state, Oregon’s neighbor … Continue Reading

The White House: Labor Leaders’ “Home Away From Home”

  Last week we told you that “Organized Labor certainly has the ‘ear’ of this Administration.”  We didn’t know how right we were. On Friday, the Obama Administration published a partial list of visitors who have visited the White House.  Andy Stern, President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), visited 22 times, more than any … Continue Reading

NLRB Nominations Advance in Senate Committee Without Public Hearing, But Opposition Looms

By a vote of 15-8, mainly along party lines, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (“HELP”) earlier today approved the Administration’s nomination of Craig Becker to the Labor Board. The other two nominees (Mark Pearce and Brian Hayes) received unanimous votes. The Committee’s action makes it more likely all three nominations will reach … Continue Reading