The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), crippled by a January court ruling against two recess appointees, has the potential to get back to full strength if the Senate confirms nominations President Barack Obama made April 9. Previous attempts to fill the NLRB have failed over congressional opposition to Board actions and Obama’s nominees.
The President’s move to nominate a full five members to the Board comes on the heels of a possible vote in the House of Representatives that would shut the Board down for all practical purposes until its members are confirmed by the Senate.
A functioning NLRB requires that all five nominees be confirmed as soon as possible. The unanimous opposition by Republican Senators to President Obama’s Board nominees since he took office has hindered an already underfunded and understaffed NLRB, the agency entrusted with enforcing the nation’s labor laws.