Cushy government jobs, but a lot of headaches await the successful applicants for two key government jobs. Years of political infighting may be coming to an end soon, as President Obama has sent two names to Congress for confirmation to become members of the National Labor Relations Board.
The board supposedly has five members, but only two—Chairwoman Wilma B. Liebman and Peter C. Schaumber—had been doing all the work for 16 months while Congress and the Bush administration wrangled over potential new members.
The situation got so bad that several entities challenged the board’s right to render decisions, claiming it lacked a quorum. Most recently, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled the board could not issue rulings. Two other appeals courts had ruled for the board.
In addition to administrative headaches, the board also faces labor strife.
Unionized staffers working for the board’s general counsel claim they have been miscategorized for collective-bargaining purposes and have appealed to, you guessed it, the NLRB. The board sought to have the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the body that handles federal government labor issues, review the complaint.