Glenn Spencer Glenn Spencer
Senior Vice President, Employment Policy Division, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


June 20, 2017


President Trump on June 19 announced his intent to nominate Marvin Kaplan of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), making him the second Republican on the five-seat board.

As this blog has writtenrepeatedly, the NLRB currently has a 2-1 Democrat majority left over from the Obama administration. Until the U.S. Senate confirms Kaplan, Republican Chairman Phil Miscimarra can still be outvoted in NLRB decisions. Given that the NLRB engaged in massive overreach during the previous administration, the business community is eager to see balance restored to the agency.

In addition, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Patrick Pizzella to serve as Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Mr. Pizzella is currently the acting chairman of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and he previously served as the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management at DOL during the administration of President George W. Bush.

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

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

Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

BNA Daily Labor Report (subscription required)

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Glenn Spencer

Glenn Spencer

Spencer oversees the Chamber’s work on immigration, retirement security, traditional labor relations, human trafficking, wage hour and worker safety issues, EEOC matters, and state labor and employment law.

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