The AFL-CIO announced on July 31, 2014 that it will direct resources to legislative and gubernatorial races at the state level and to a handful of U.S. Senate races in the upcoming midterm elections. Michael Podhorzer, AFL- CIO political director, said the federation had two main focuses for the 2014 election: “reclaiming state offices that were lost in 2010,” and making sure Democrats maintain control of the Senate. As for Senate races, Podhorzer said the AFL-CIO would be focusing on states with high union density, including Alaska, Colorado, Michigan, Iowa, and Kentucky, where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) is up for re-election.

The NLRB issued a memorandum on, OM 14-77, directing that NLRB regional offices that discover an employer’s apparent violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) or the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) should then advise employee charging parties of their rights to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor.