NLRB Chair Leaves Fewer Cases, Pro-Union Legacy

Controversial National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) chairman William B. Gould IV will be leaving his post in late August to return to his previous job as a law professor at Stanford Law School.

Gould's four-and-a-half-year reign was punctuated by numerous controversies over his pro-labor views that helped advance union rights, broaden the definition of what constitutes unfair labor practices by business, and relax restrictions on methods of union organizing. Although NLRB case backlogs were reduced during his tenure, his policies led to 30% of the NLRB's decisions being overturned in the courts -- that's two to three times the historic rate.

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