Douglas P. Nelson, Business Manager
WORKER-FRIENDLY LAWYERS AT NLRB ACHIEVE MAJORITY
For the first time in four years, the National Labor Relations Board will have a Democratic majority. On July 27, the Senate confirmed two labor-side attorneys: Gwynne Wilcox and David Prouty. Wilcox is the first black woman to serve on the NLRB. An NLRB field attorney, she has decades of experience, including a recent case accusing McDonald’s of retaliating against franchise owners who participated in an organizing campaign.
Prouty was general counsel for UNITE HERE and also worked for the Service Employees International Union. The NLRB hears cases between unions and employers and determines whether workers are eligible to unionize. On his first day in office, President Biden fired NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb, who instigated many of the NLRB’s attacks on workers’ rights, safety and economic security.