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U.S. Senate confirms union foe to head labor board

President Trump’s nominee for the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel, Peter Robb, received U.S. Senate confirmation on Nov. 8. Robb is a labor lawyer with a long history of backing management against unions and workers. The general counsel plays a leading role in the agency’s direction as the office decides which cases to bring to the board.

“Robb’s nomination and confirmation would set the stage for the Board to reverse many of the pro-labor rulings issued by the Obama [era] Board,” the anti-union Jackson Lewis law firm wrote in a report in August.

The Republican-led Senate approved Robb’s nomination in a party-line vote, having already confirmed two of Trump’s nominees to the five-member board. The Republican Party now has a majority of the board and control of its leadership for the first time in a decade.

Reuters, Nov. 8
Washington Examiner, Sept. 15

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