The Trump Administration intends to nominate attorneys Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel to fill the two vacant slots on the NLRB, hoping to gain Senate confirmation of the new members before the August recess. Mr. Kaplan is Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission counsel and Mr. Emanuel is a management-side labor attorney in Los Angeles. The appointments would give the five-member board a Republican majority.
Senate Republicans have introduced the “Representation Fairness Restoration Act” to reverse NLRB law permitting employees to form micro-unions, which represent only a portion of a company’s workforce. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who supports the bill, stated that “micro-unions fracture the workplace, and make it more difficult for employers to manage their workplace and do business.” House Republicans have introduced a companion bill. The Senate bill will need some support from Democrats to pass.