Labor panel is stalled by dispute on nominees

NY Times — January 14, 2010

A dispute involving Senator John McCain has left the National Labor Relations Board unable to decide its most important cases. For two years, the board, which polices the labor laws governing unionized workers and unionization drives, has limped along with just two members, rather than its full complement of five, leaving many cases unresolved because of a 1-to-1 deadlock. Moreover, a pending Supreme Court case could ultimately vacate 80 of the decisions that the board's two members, a Democrat and a Republican, have agreed on since its membership fell to two on Jan. 1, 2008.

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