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Feisty NLRB Turns Up Heat

Publication Date: 
July 18, 2011
Joseph Williams

Professor William B. Gould is quoted by Joseph Williams, in this Politco article on the revival of the National Labor Relations Board under President Obama, and how a large portion of the GOP still refuses to the accept the National Labor Relations Act.

For most of its 75-year history, the National Labor Relations Board has been a low-profile federal agency that the business world, and like-minded Republicans, love to hate: an independent government agency with a mandate to enforce labor laws that put working men and women — bargaining collectively — on the same footing as the corporations that employ them.

But the traditional hostility toward the board seemed to reach a new level after the NLRB last month accused the world’s largest aerospace company of breaking a law drafted in the days of union goons and company strike-breakers.


William B. Gould, a Stanford University law professor and labor scholar who chaired the NLRB during the Clinton administration, agreed, adding that “a substantial portion of the GOP does not accept the National Labor Relations Act itself, which the board is charged to interpret and administer.”