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Top NLRB Lawyer’s Power Challenged by Union in Arbitration Case

July 24, 2019, 6:05 PM

A union challenged the National Labor Relations Board general counsel’s authority to seek the dismissal of the complaint in a case that could make it easier for employers to use arbitration agreements to keep workplace disputes out of court.

General Counsel Peter Robb has the power to withdraw the unfair labor practice complaint against a California nursing home, but he can’t prosecute the case while simultaneously arguing that the board should toss it because the company’s arbitration agreement was lawful, Service Employees International Union Local 2015 said in a July 23 filing. The general counsel prosecutes unfair labor practice cases ...