Never Forget: Trump Nominated a Union-Buster to the NLRB

By Sahid Fawaz

Someone needs to tell President Donald Trump that his charade at pretending he is pro-worker is failing miserably.

His second nominee to the NLRB, which the Senate confirmed this week, is a partner at the largest law firm in the country dedicated to union-busting.

The law firm’s own website reads, “Maintaining a union-free workplace requires effective communications with employees and knowledge of union organizing tactics, while adhering to the letter of the complex and frequently changing labor laws. Every day, Littler [Mendleson] provides legal advice to help employers understand their legal rights and obligations as they develop preventive strategies to improve relations with employees, detect early warning signs of organizing activities, and minimize the risk of organizing campaigns.

The reports on the confirmation:

“The Senate confirmed President Trump’s second pick to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Monday evening, shifting the balance of power from Democrats to Republicans.

The Senate voted 49-47 to confirm William Emanuel to the board charged with enforcing fair labor practices and workers’ collective bargaining rights.

Emanuel, a corporate lawyer who works for Littler Mendelson in Los Angeles, is the second Trump nominee to be confirmed to the board after Marvin Kaplan’s confirmation in August.

With Emanuel, Republicans now hold the majority on the five-member board . . .

Emanuel was confirmed despite Democratic opposition.

On the Senate floor Monday evening, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) urged her colleagues to vote ‘no’ on Emanuel, citing concerns that his record as a corporate lawyer will lead him to put corporate interests over those workers.

‘I’m afraid workers’ fundamental rights are not safe in his hands,’ she said.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called Emanuel a ‘dream nominee’ for corporate donors and special interests.

She said industry groups, including the National Restaurant Association, the National Retail Federation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce applauded Trump’s pick ‘with almost a giddy enthusiasm and urged the Republican Senate to quickly confirm him to the board.’

‘Unless a few of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle choose to stand up for workers, they will get their wish,’ she said.”

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