Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal by Eric Morath on December 28, 2017.
President Donald Trump entered office with a promise to reduce regulation and reshape the government’s relationship with businesses and workers. Here’s a look at the most significant labor-policy changes in 2017, and items to watch for in 2018.
1. Republican Control of the National Labor Relations Board
Trump filled two vacant seats on the five-member board that oversees union-employer disputes, giving Republicans control for the first time in a decade. Before a third Republican’s term expired in December, three major decisions were issued:
• The board reversed a 2015 ruling concerning the meaning of joint employment. The new ruling potentially makes it harder for contractors or workers at franchises to organize into unions and bargain with larger corporations. …