Cassidy, Blackburn introduce bill to reform National Labor Relations Board

U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) recently introduced a Republican bill that seeks to end the “weaponization” of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against employers.

“The National Labor Relations Board is required by law to provide an unbiased framework to review disputes between employees and employers. However, this is not what we are seeing under the Biden administration,” Sen. Cassidy said. “This bill will stop the NLRB from weaponizing its power to target employers on behalf of unions.”

The National Labor Relations Board Reform Act would amend the National Labor Relations Act to reform the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the board’s Office of the General Counsel, and the process for appellate review, according to the text of the bill.

If enacted, the bill would end partisanship at the NLRB by increasing the number of NLRB members from five to six and requiring an even split among Republicans and Democrats sitting on the board; would impose new term appointments for board members that ensure that one Republican seat and one Democrat seat each expire every two-years; and require four NLRB members to approve all decisions, according to a bill summary provided by the lawmakers.

Additionally, the bill would “restrain” the NLRB’s General Counsel (GC) by granting parties 30 days to seek review of the GC’s complaints in federal district court, and provide for new discovery rights for involved parties, allowing access to memoranda and other documents relevant to the complaint within 10 days, the summary says.

“Over the last two years, the National Labor Relations Board has wrongfully become a political arm for the Biden administration’s labor union interests,” said Sen. Blackburn. “The pattern of biased weaponization against job creators must stop. This legislation ensures that the NLRB will act as an impartial federal agency for all employers and employees, not just unions.”