I know I’ve been writing a lot about the National Labor Relations Board on this blog, but I am truly no authority. Just a curious observer, especially considering the weight the board’s decisions hold and the impact they have on the readers of our magazine.
So my latest curiosity has to do with this recent post on the HR Policy Association’s website, detailing the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s passage during the week of March 18 to 22 of a bill requiring the NLRB to cease all decision-making until the legal status of the Board’s members has been resolved.
As the post states, the “Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act (H.R. 1120) was prompted by the recent decision in Noel Canning by the D.C. Circuit effectively nullifying the recess appointments of two of the three sitting Board members, thus bringing the Board below the three-Member quorum required for Board decisions.”
For reference sake, here is my latest blog post on the NLRB’s decision to seek the U.S. Supreme Court’s review of Noel Canning v. the National Labor Relations Board, along with a link to the actual decision in that case. As I note there, the NLRB has until April 25 to get its review petition to the highest court. The HRPA says in its post that the Supreme Court review probably won’t happen until “next fall at the earliest.”
Here’s how Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) sums it up in the HRPA piece:
The best way to avoid further damage is for the President to work with the Senate to confirm a full slate of qualified nominees. In the meantime, Congress must take action to prevent a bad situation from becoming much worse. H.R. 1120 is an appropriate congressional response that will help ensure America’s workplaces aren’t forced to confront even more uncertainty.
Meanwhile, and this is where my curiousity comes in, here is the NLRB’s summary of decisions for the week of March 25 through 29. Looks like there’s no slowing down there. And I’m not hearing or seeing any evidence that this committee’s bill passage has gotten the NLRB’s attention or raised its concern. No statements or news stories there that I can find.
Just curious. Just sayin.