Change can certainly happen quickly and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is a prime example. Under President Biden, who famously promised unions during the campaign that he’d be the best friend organized labor ever had in the Oval Office, there seems a significant push to broaden union organizing efforts and punish businesses that seek to defeat union efforts in representation elections. Contrary to the furor that arose when former management side attorneys ruled as a majority on the NLRB, it was crickets last month when the agency cleared Gwynne Wilcox and David Prouty – both of whom previously worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) – to participate in deliberating on an SEIU lawsuit over joint employer! Now, with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh – a former union boss himself – setting the tone, the NLRB is making moves and taking positions that clearly inure to the benefit of organized labor. At the top of the list is a ruling by a regional NLRB that Amazon had interfered with the April representation election in Alabama, where unionization was defeated by more than a 2 to 1 margin (1,798 against vs 738 in favor) and ordered a new election. Atlanta-based NLRB Director Lisa Henderson affirmed an August recommendation by an NLRB hearing officer that Amazon had interfered with workers’ rights by disparaging the union drive and setting up a mailbox at the warehouse entrance where employees could cast ballots. She found that action to be a “flagrant disregard for the Board’s typical mail-ballot procedure [that] compromised the authority of the Board and made a free and fair election impossible.” A new election has not yet been scheduled but read on for more of the same . . .