Related Links: Business Groups Challenge New NLRB Rule NLRB Members Vote in Favor of Streamlining Union Election Process President Obama has sparked a wave of controversy by using recess appointments to fill three slots on the National Labor Relations Board.Labor union officials praised Obama's Jan. 4 announcement naming two Democrats and one Republican to the NLRB. But leading congressional Republicans and business organizations are outraged. When the three appointees were sworn in as board members on Jan. 9, it brought the panel up to its full, five-member complement and allowed the NLRB to make major decisions, something it was unable to
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