November 24, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – Donald Trump will be able to appoint an anti-union majority on the National Labor Relations Board as soon as he takes office in January, and may be able to fill all five spots by 2019.
Two seats are currently vacant, Republican Philip Miscimarra’s term will end in December 2017, and the board’s two Democratic members will be up in 2018 and 2019. Once President Barack Obama was able to get a 3-2 Democratic majority on the NLRB, it made a number of pro-labor rulings, including unanimously ordering the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas to recognize a union there. Trump has refused to accept that the hotel’s workers voted to join the Culinary Workers, UNITE HERE Local 226, and refused to begin contract talks with the union. “The question for us is: Will Donald Trump as president of the United States of America use the power he has to interfere—given that he has a financial interest in the outcome of these matters?” Culinary spokesperson Bethany Khan said. She added that the union might challenge rulings Trump appointees made on cases involving his businesses, as ethics violations. But in general, she said, “the new majority can be expected to be less generous in protection of workers’ rights than the current NLRB.” Read more