• The U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee recommended that the full Senate approve five NLRB nominations. The nominees are current Democratic NLRB Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce; current Democratic NLRB members Richard F. Griffin and Sharon Block; and new Republican nominees Harry I. Johnson and Philip A. Miscimarra. Griffin and Block received recess appointments from President Obama in January 2012, and the D.C. Circuit recently held that those recess appointments were invalid. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has stated that he intends to delay a full Senate vote on the nominees until July.
  • President Obama nominated NLRB acting general counsel Lafe E. Solomon to a four-year term as NLRB general counsel. Solomon has held the position of acting general counsel since June 2010. The President previously nominated Solomon as general counsel in January 2011, but the Senate never acted on the nomination. The nomination has been referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
  • Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed legislation allowing in-home care workers to unionize. The legislation affects approximately 12,000 to 15,000 personal care attendants and approximately 11,000 child care workers, all of whom are paid through public programs. Under the law, both groups can vote on union representation if they are able to show that 30 percent of prospective unit members support representation. According to the AFSCME, the personal care attendants will likely seek to unionize through SEIU, while the child care providers will likely seek to unionize through AFSCME’s Child Care Providers Together.