Democrats Gain Majority Control Of NLRB As Senate Confirms Two Union Lawyers To The Board

Unions and their members got some great news this week.

Reuters reports:

“The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed union lawyers Gwynne Wilcox and David Prouty to seats on the National Labor Relations Board, paving the way for a Democratic majority that is likely to reverse a series of employer-friendly Trump-era decisions.

The Democrat-led Senate voted 52-47 to approve the nomination of Wilcox, a partner at Levy Ratner in New York, and 53-46 to confirm Prouty, the general counsel of New York City service worker union SEIU 32BJ.

A White House spokesperson hailed the confirmations and said Biden has “made it a priority to appoint members to the NLRB who will protect worker organizing, collective bargaining, and workers’ rights to engage in concerted activity.”

The NLRB hears unfair labor practice cases brought by workers and unions and oversees private-sector union elections.

Wilcox will fill a vacant seat with a term expiring in August 2023. Prouty will serve a five-year term beginning next month, when Republican William Emanuel’s term ends.

The Senate last week voted 51-50 to confirm Jennifer Abruzzo, a career NLRB attorney who more recently worked for the Communication Workers of America union, to serve as the board’s general counsel. Biden fired Trump-era GC Peter Robb on his first day in office in January.”

For the rest of the story, visit Reuters here.

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