Politics, Policy And The National Labor Relations Board

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Politics, Policy And The National Labor Relations Board

President Barack Obama replaced two nominees to the National Labor Relations Board in a concession to Republican senators. Politics, policy-making and the NLRB.

America in the early 1930s was the scene of widespread labor unrest. Several prominent strikes erupted in violence and threatened the struggling economy. Then in 1935, Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act. The new law guaranteed workers the right to organize and bargain collectively. For decades, the NLRB functioned as a middle ground between labor and business. But recessions and globalization led to calls by some conservatives to defund the agency. Supporters argue the NLRB is the only agency that protects workers’ rights. Diane and guests discuss politics, policy-making and the NLRB.

Guests

Joseph McCartin

professor of history at Georgetown University and author of "Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America."

James Sherk

senior policy analyst in labor economics at Heritage Foundation.

Lynn Rhinehart

general counsel for AFL-CIO.

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