Sean P. Redmond Sean P. Redmond
Vice President, Labor Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


June 28, 2017


President Trump on June 27 announced his intent to nominate William Emanuel of the law firm Littler Mendelson to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). If confirmed, it would make him the third Republican on the five-seat Board and create a Republican majority for the first time in nearly a decade. President Trump recently nominated Marvin Kaplan of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission for another vacant Republican seat on June 19.

As this blog has writtenrepeatedly, the NLRB currently has a 2-1 Democrat majority, so until the U.S. Senate confirms Emanuel and Kaplan, Republican Chairman Phil Miscimarra can still be outvoted in NLRB decisions, which has happened in numerous instances. Given the amount of uncertainty caused by the NLRB during the previous administration, the business community will welcome a restoration of balance on the Board.

Hopefully, the Senate will act swiftly on these nominations to restore common sense to the NLRB.

You can read more news below. Also click here for the Chamber’s report on 10 of the most pressing decisions for a new NLRB to overturn.


National Law Journal

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BNA Daily Labor Report (subscription required)

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Sean P. Redmond

Sean P. Redmond

Sean P. Redmond is Vice President, Labor Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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