February 26, 2018

Bloomberg: Elizabeth Warren Targets NLRB Over Member Conflict

An inspector general’s report may undercut a decision limiting employee complaints, and the Democrats are swarming.

An inspector general’s finding that a top Donald Trump labor appointee should have recused himself from a major pro-employer ruling has triggered Democratic calls for hearings, a demand for answers by two U.S. senators and news that a separate IG report is on the way as to whether the appointee committed misconduct.                                           

On Feb. 15, the chair of the National Labor Relations Board disclosed to Congress a report from the agency’s inspector general, David Berry, concluding there was “a serious and flagrant problem and/or deficiency” in its handling of conflict-of-interest issues. Berry wrote that William Emanuel, one of several former management-side attorneys whom Trump has appointed to the agency, should have recused himself from a recent ruling that overturned a controversial pro-worker precedent.


On Monday, U.S. senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Patty Murray of Washington, the ranking Democrat on the Senate committee overseeing the NLRB, wrote letters to Emanuel and to the agency’s chair, Trump appointee Marvin Kaplan, accusing the labor board of failing to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act in its overruling of Browning-Ferris. A spokesperson for the NLRB declined to comment.

Read the full article on the Bloomberg website here.

By:  Josh Eidelson
Source: Bloomberg