Senate confirms second Trump nominee to labor board

Senate confirms second Trump nominee to labor board
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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.

Industry groups have long claimed the NLRB has catered to labor unions.

They are hoping the newly aligned board will reverse the ruling that redefined what constitutes a joint-employer and made franchisors responsible for labor law violations committed by their franchisees, as well as a ruling that allowed unions to organize employees in so-called micro-unions.

A roll back of 2014 rules which sped up union elections is also on the wish list.

In a statement, Trey Kovacs, labor policy expert for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said Emanuel “should prove” to be an “outstanding addition” to the board.

“It’s essential that the NLRB start to…

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