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The "Obama Board" Starts its Work: The National Labor Relations Board Issues the First of Several Expected Decisions That Will Impact Labor Relations

December 17, 2010

In the 2008 Presidential Election, Barack Obama enjoyed overwhelming support from organized labor.  However, during the first two years of his presidential administration, Labor's primary legislative priority -- the Employee Free Choice Act, or "card check" legislation -- took a backseat to healthcare reform and economic stimulus.  With the Republican victories in the mid-term elections, there is no chance that the Employee Free Choice Act will become law in the next two years.

Nonetheless, organized labor has reason to be optimistic about the legal landscape in which it will be operating.  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which interprets and applies the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), now has a solid majority of members who strongly and vocally support organized labor. 

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