News & Commentary

July 16, 2021

Tascha Shahriari-Parsa

Tascha Shahriari-Parsa is a student at Harvard Law School.

Today, U.S. Representative Jamaal Bowman from New York is introducing a “Green New Deal for Public Schools” which would fund 1.3 million jobs a year by hiring and training more teachers and reducing student-to-staff ratios. It would also direct more money to schools with high rates of poverty, increase social services for students (including psychologists and counsellors), and invest hundreds of billions of dollars in sustainable infrastructure in the public school system over the next ten years, among other proposals. “We are in ongoing negotiation and communication with leadership to ensure that provisions of this bill are included in reconciliation,” Bowman said.

A federal district court held that Biden’s firing of former NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb, a Trump labor appointee, is permissible under the NLRA. The court’s decision was in accord with legal analysis offered previously on this blog: while Board members are subject to for-cause removal under Section 3(a) of the NLRA, the General Counsel—who is clearly not a Board member—is not and can be removed at will by the President.

With the CDC Moratorium ending on July 31st, millions of Americans who are currently behind on their rent could be at risk for eviction. The Biden administration has issued statements with suggestions for state and local governments, including on the disbursement of $46 million in rental relief, as well as recommendations to state courts aimed at avoiding evictions.

In a memo released Wednesday, an NLRB attorney recommended that the Board dismiss the claims of the Methodist Hospital of Southern California that two unions violated the NLRA by failing to provide notice before allegedly picketing the hospital. The memo concluded that a demonstration that did not block access to the hospital and did not force members of the public to interact with demonstrators did not count as picketing, and thus did not require notice to the employer under the NLRA. “The mere fact that demonstrators stood close to a hospital driveway and pedestrian walkway does not establish picketing under current board law,” the memo articulated. The Methodist Hospital has withdrawn their charges.

On Thursday, Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer filed for cloture on the Senate’s confirmation of NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo. The Senate could vote on her nomination in the coming week. Abruzzo’s nomination is supported by the AFL-CIO. Abruzzo would also be the first woman to serve as the Board’s top lawyer.

The House’s Appropriations Bill for 2022 calls for the phasing out of unpaid internships within the State Department over the next three years, and includes $10 million for the State Department to compensate interns.

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