WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Retail Federation today welcomed Senate confirmation of Marvin Kaplan, one of President Trump’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, and urged senators to swiftly consider and confirm Trump’s other nominee, William Emanuel, to fill the remaining vacancy on the board.
“Mr. Kaplan has significant expertise and experience in labor policy matters, and NRF is confident that he will serve as a neutral arbiter of the law,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. “Both job creators and employees will benefit from a more balanced approach in labor relations and a board majority that puts the needs of American businesses and workers before union politics.”
Emanuel and Kaplan would fill the two current vacancies on the five-member board.
In recent years, retailers have been burdened by NLRB decisions such as expansion of joint-employer standards, creation of micro-unions, allowing “ambush” union organizing elections and other changes to union election procedures.
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.