– NLRB - Chairman Liebman Feb 1th Press Brief
In Reply To
Office of Public Affairs
This morning, a subcommittee of the House Education and The Workforce Committee held a hearing on "Emerging Trends at the National Labor Relations Board". In response to requests for comment, Chairman Wilma Liebman issued the following statement:
"The most significant ‘emerging trend’ at the NLRB is that the agency is coming back to life after a long period of dormancy. After more than two years without a quorum due to chronic vacancies, the Board now has four members and has been tackling many of the difficult cases that languished for years. We are actively seeking input from practitioners and from the public, by inviting briefs for important cases that are under review, and by using the process of federal rulemaking to seek comments on one potential rule change intended to inform American employees of their statutory workplace rights.
It is unfortunate that the work of the Board is often viewed through a partisan lens, but that has been the case for decades. We simply intend, to the best of our ability, to continue to apply the law and carry out the agency’s statutory mission fairly and openly. I look forward to working with Congress in the months ahead to demonstrate our adherence to that goal, and I welcome a serious dialogue about these important issues."
John - perhaps upon completing the dialogue on the petition, the members along with AUD can tap this valuable resource, that being the NLRB Board moving back toward a more Labor friendly stance...and issuing rulings or D & Os more in line with the NLRA as written.
And they have finally, albeit reluctantly admitted that a Quorum for the NLRB consists of a min. of 3 of 5 members, and that was forced by the decisions from the Supreme Court in New Process Steel, issuing June 17, 2010.
Obama still has one vacancy to fill & Liebmans term will soon expire, so the shift to a labor friendly Board is here & our time to act (vote, mobility, constitution & bylaws) is now!
Chairman Liebman issues statement on today's House hearing