The makeup of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is shifting back to favor labor after years of favoring management and corporations during the Trump administration. President Joe Biden is filling spots on the board to tip the scales toward organized labor.
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Assistant General Counsel Amanda Jaret discussed how President Biden is swinging the NLRB back toward workers, the issues they are currently working on and more. She also spoke about labor-related cases recently considered by the U.S. Supreme Court.
NLRB nominations and issues
Gwynne Wilcox will soon get a hearing for her NLRB appointment. Jaret said Wilcox is a fierce fighter for the labor community, having come from a union-friendly firm. Wilcox formerly worked in Manhattan as an NLRB field attorney, giving her experience working within the agency.
If confirmed, Wilcox will become the first African American woman to serve on the board. During confirmation, Jaret believes Wilcox will face some scrutiny from corporate friendly Republicans. However, Democrats hold the votes to confirm her.
The NLRB recently issued a decision in a case involving a mail ballot union election. Their ruling claims it is objectionable conduct for a company or union to collect or mail workers ballots. If they are caught soliciting ballots, it could be cause for a new election.
Host Ed “Flash” Ferenc then inquired about the recent union election at an Amazon facility in Alabama, saying they used a U.S. Postal Service mailbox to collect ballots. An Amazon employee admitted Amazon security could be seen opening the mailbox with a key.
Labor cases and the U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court recently denied the petition of one labor case brought by an Ohio resident. Jaret said the case involved an individual claiming they had a First Amendment right to not have a union representing them in the workplace. The Janus v. AFSCME ruled that public employees could not be forced into union membership.
Although the Supreme Court denied the petition, Jaret said it is another example of anti-labor activists attempting to chip away at the rights of workers and unions. She warned listeners that the attacks will continue.