President Donald Trump has nominated John Ring, a Washington, D.C.-based management-side labor and employment lawyer, to fill the vacant seat on the five-member National Labor Relations Board. If confirmed, Ring would replace former-NLRB Chairman Philip Miscimarra, a Republican, and restore a 3-2 Republican majority to the Board. Miscimarra’s term ended on December 16, 2017.
Currently, the Board consists of Republicans Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel and Democrats Mark Gaston Pearce and Lauren McFerran. Prior to Emanuel’s confirmation on September 25, the Board had a Democratic majority for nearly nine years. In the weeks leading to Miscimarra’s departure, during which the Board had a 3-2 Republican majority, the Board issued several decisions reversing labor-friendly decisions and rulings by the Obama-era Board.