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Abstract

Whither the National Labor Relations Board?

Go to the NLRB’s website and you’ll find only two faces and two names:

• Wilma B, Liebman, Chairman, and

• Peter Carey Schaumber, now in his second term.

[http://www.nlrb.gov/about_us/overview/board/index.aspx]

The page also lists three vacancies. Why? “The National Labor Relations Board

has operated with only two members for more than two years because Democrats refused

to confirm President George W. Bush’s nominees because of complaints that they were

pro-business. Republicans now are blocking President Obama’s nominees, complaining

that some favor union interests.” [Jesse J. Holland, “Supreme Court looks at labor board,”

Boston Globe, March 24, 2010.] The stalemate has created a potential crisis of major

proportions.

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