TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Sep 19, 2014

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, alongside Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, introduced a bill Tuesday to reform the National Labor Relations Board (NLBR). The “NLRB Reform Act,” targets ending “partisanship” on the board, encouraging timely decisions and reining in activist NLRB general counsels, the Nashville Business Journal reports. Alexander’s bill would increase the NLRB board from five members to six, requiring three Democrats and three Republicans (a majority of 4 would be needed to make a decision). “Thousands of private-sector workers in Tennessee are affected by decisions made at the National Labor Relations Board – which for too long has been acting as an advocate for one interest or another instead of an impartial umpire,” Alexander said. “It’s time for the board to restore stability to workplaces in Tennessee and throughout the country – with nonpartisan decisions made more quickly, assisted by a neutral general counsel.”