In the lead up to Labor Day, the National Labor Relations Board has been churning out decisions designed to increase worker protections and smooth the path to union representation.
The board issued a series of decisions in the final week of August, locking in new pro-worker standards before the term of Democrat Gwynne Wilcox expired Aug. 27. President Biden flagged Wilcox for another five-year term in June, but her nomination has been stalled in the U.S. Senate. To that end, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, R-La., a ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, on Monday sent a letter to NLRB seeking verification that Wilcox was terminated and is no longer participating in board activities.
The agency’s recent decisions overturned a number of Trump-era rules and included:
- Speeding up union elections and post-election litigation procedures.
- Providing a new framework for determining when employers need to bargain with unions without a representation election.
- Clarifying the standard to prove anti-union retaliation.
- Expanding the scope of what workplace behavior is considered protected activity.
- Developing a new standard that prevents employers from unilaterally changing terms of work without bargaining with unions.
- Restoring protections for employees advocating for nonemployees.
Below, we’ve provided readers a recap of our latest NLRB coverage.