The National Labor Relations Board has a new general counsel after Vice President Kamala Harris broke a tie in the Senate to confirm Jennifer Abruzzo, 51-50. President Joe Biden fired Donald Trump’s NLRB general counsel, Peter Robb, on Inauguration Day after Robb refused to resign.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions also moved forward with two of Biden’s NLRB nominees this week. For context:
● Amazon denied a worker pregnancy accommodations. Then she miscarried, reports Lauren Kaori Gurley.
● Organizing a union in a disorganized world of small restaurants, from Priya Krishna.
● The ongoing coal miners strike in Alabama admittedly hasn’t gotten enough coverage here, for which mea culpa, but check out how aggressively the major networks have ignored it:
● Sen. Mark Kelly says he supports “overall goals” of PRO Act and would consider using budget reconciliation to pass parts of it, Igor Bobic and Dave Jamieson report.
● The incalculable cost of cheap chicken—and the hidden industry that shoulders it. And what do you know, it’s at the expense of immigrant workers, Tina Vasquez reports.
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