President Trump is taking a major step to alter the direction of federal labor policy, positioning the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a series of high-profile Obama-era decisions.
By filling two vacant seats and swinging the board from Democratic to Republican control, Trump could reverse these actions:
• A ruling that increased the likelihood companies can be held responsible for labor violations committed by contractors and franchisees.
• A ruling that made it easier for relatively small groups of workers within a company to form a union.
• A ruling that granted graduate students at private universities a federally protected right to unionize.
• Rules enacted by the Obama-era board allowing union elections to proceed on a faster timetable. Many business groups refer to the new approach as “ambush” rules, complaining that employers no longer have sufficient time to make the case to workers against unionizing. …