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Season 5, Episode 30

Looking at the lasting effects of President Reagan’s NLRB decisions



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Andrew Strom

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Labor lawyer, Andrew Strom, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss his article posted on the OnLabor Blog that outlines the impact Ronald Reagan’s National Labor Relations Board appointments have had on U.S. Labor law.

Strom talked about Reagan’s decision to assign several “anti-union zealots.” Many decisions the Board issued against workers are still used as the standard today.

The National Labor Relations Act doesn’t lay out in specific detail what anti-union efforts are illegal. Strom talked about the Rossmore House decision that set the standard for employers to question workers about unions. He also discussed how these old standards continuously prevent workers from fighting against their employers.

Finally, Strom discussed the Mesa Vista Hospital Decision from 1986. He said this may have been the most unique decision issued by the Reagan era NLRB. The NLRB stated that rules prohibiting union insignia in immediate patient care areas are valid, yet the Board never explained why restricting union insignia in immediate patient care areas was justified. Strom said that the public should be educated on the dangers a President’s appointments to the NLRB could make on the future of Labor.

Listen to the show above to hear more from Strom on President Reagan’s NLRB appointments.

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