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Senate Confirms Newest NLRB Member: One Step Closer to Republican Control of the Board

Author: James J. Plunkett (Washington DC)

Published Date: August 2, 2017

On August 2, 2017, the Senate confirmed Marvin Kaplan as a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Kaplan, whose confirmation was on a strict party-line vote of 50 to 48, will join fellow Republican and Chair, Philip A. Miscimarra, as well as Democrats Mark Gaston Pearce and Lauren M. McFerran. A vote on President Trump’s other NLRB nominee, William Emanuel, has yet to be scheduled. With Kaplan in place, Emanuel’s confirmation would eventually give the NLRB its first Republican majority in roughly a decade. What would Republican control of the NLRB look like? Check out our analysis in our recent article, “President Nominates Two to the NLRB: Will Newcomers Bring Much-Needed Change to the Agency?

Ogletree Deakins’ Traditional Labor Relations Practice Group and Ogletree Governmental Affairs, Inc. will keep readers apprised of new developments. For a more in-depth discussion of the likely impact of new NLRB members, please join us at Not Your Father’s Labor Environment: The New Horizon in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 7-8, 2017.

James J. Plunkett  (Washington DC)

James J. Plunkett
Jim Plunkett is a Senior Government Relations Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Ogletree Deakins. Jim was previously the Director for Labor Law Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he focused on legislation, regulations, and policy decisions that impact the workplace. This included activity concerning the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as international labor issues. Prior to joining the Chamber, Jim...