House Republicans leaders this week urged President Obama to work with the U.S. Senate to confirm four qualified individuals to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The letter is in response to a unanimous decision by a federal appeals court that ruled President Obama’s controversial recess appointments to the board unconstitutional. The Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing Wednesday on the NLRB appointments, during which witnesses described how the president’s action has tainted the board’s work. Read More.
The Republican leaders also sent a letter to NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce, insisting the board cease all activity until members sufficient to meet a quorum are confirmed by the U.S. Senate or the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of the appointments. The letters from Republican leaders are part of a broad effort to mend a dysfunctional federal labor board. To read the full letters, click here and here.
Kline: Unconstitutional NLRB Appointment Scheme
Creates Uncertainty for All Americans
BACKGROUND: In January 2012, President Obama installed three recess appointments to the board while Congress was regularly meeting in pro forma session. The president’s appointments were unprecedented and legal challenges were filed in federal court questioning whether they were constitutionally valid. In January, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia determined that intrasession recess appointments – including the president’s NLRB appointments – are unconstitutional. Actions by the board are now under a cloud of legal uncertainty that will negatively affect America’s workers and job creators.
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IEC Presence on DOL’s Advisory on Apprenticeship Sways PLA Discussion
During a recent Working Group conference call with the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Advisory on Apprenticeship, a discussion emerged on the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLA) and Community Labor Agreements (CLA).
The proposal was issued during the call, stating that language should be included in communications between the DOL and Housing and Urban Development that would favorably mention the use of PLAs and CLAs as the best way to promote job growth in Job Corps related programs and their ties with apprenticeship programs.
IEC’s Vice President of Training & Education Bob Baird was on the call and was able to voice his concerns on this proposal, stating that the biased perspective would not benefit apprentices of merit shop contractors, thus hurting job growth. After this discussion, it was agreed upon to consider incorporating more balanced language to benefit both union and non-union apprenticeship programs and their support for pre-apprenticeship programs such as Job Corps.