It was reported this week that the Trump administration is looking at filling the two empty seats on the National Labor Relations Board soon, thereby creating a republican majority on the 5-member independent agency for the first time since 2008. The likely shift that a full complement of Directors would bring about could not be better-timed as the agency continues to move an anti-business agenda at each opportunity. As a case in point, graduate students at Harvard University rejected unionizing in a November election by a close vote of 1456 – 1272. The advocates for unionizing the graduate students filed an objection with the National labor Relations Board alleging that Harvard had withheld some of the student contact information. The NLRB held a hearing on the matter Wednesday of this week but a decision on the appeal has not yet been rendered. With the addition of two Trump administration appointees to the Board, the pro-union bent on the current Board may be negated. Reports are that the administration is considering Attorneys Marvin Kaplan (Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission), William Emanuel (Littler Mendelson) and Doug Seaton (Seaton, Peters & Revnew) for the openings. Last month, President Trump removed Mark Gaston Pearce from the NLRB Chair and named Philip Miscimarra as Acting NLRB Chairman. General Counsel Richard Griffin’s term does not expire until November of this year.