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Michael M. Oswalt

When “Restructuring” Weakens Enforcement

When “Restructuring” Weakens Enforcement

As Sharon recently covered, in January the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel announced a proposal to overhaul the agency’s long-standing structure of local offices. Though some details remain sketchy, reports suggest that the idea is to consolidate the existing 26 regions into a smaller number of “districts.” Regional directors, now classified as Senior Executive Service personnel with broad authorities, would be demoted and required to funnel various decisions to a new layer of managers reporting directly to the General Counsel in Washington, D.C.

A Bad McSettlement

A Bad McSettlement

The NLRB’s General Counsel recently sought a 60-day stay to try to settle unfair labor practice charges filed by the Fight for $15 campaign against McDonald’s and various franchisees as joint employers equally responsible for illegal retaliation. While Board proceedings resolve before judgments all the time, this is the wrong case for a settlement.