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National Labor Relations Act

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.

Time to Aim Higher for Workers’ Rights

Time to Aim Higher for Workers’ Rights

Labor activists must aim much higher if we are to push through the severe structural obstacles that limit organizing in the US. And now is the time as workers’ rights in the US are at a 100 year low and sinking at both the national and state level. The right to organize and negotiate is now virtually out of reach for 90% of American workers. It will be at least 2021 before a sympathetic Congress, if there is one, could hope to legislate solutions with support from the President.