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Senate Cancels Valentine’s Date With Labor Board Nominee

Feb. 14, 2018, 6:20 PM

• Ring is a former management-side partner at Morgan Lewis

• Confirmation would restore 3-2 Republican majority on board

Senate labor committee has postponed a hearing for President Donald Trump’s labor board nominee John Ring to March 1.

The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee had planned to take up the former Morgan Lewis LLP partner’s nomination on Feb. 14.

The committee rescheduled the hearing at ranking member Patty Murray’s (D-Wash.) request, a committee spokesperson told Bloomberg Law Feb. 13.

“The committee will vote on his nomination on Wednesday, March 7, and Chairman Alexander looks forward to Mr. Ring’s confirmation,” the spokesperson said, referring to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).

An aide for Democrats on the committee said some of the lawmakers wanted more time to consider Ring’s nomination in the context of other happenings at the board, including an ethics investigation into one member’s actions, and a series of procedural proposals that many employees and worker advocates oppose.

Ring if confirmed would restore a 3-2 Republican majority at the National Labor Relations Board. The Trump board has already overruled a number of major NLRB decisions issued by the Obama administration board that some observers view as pro-worker. It’s expected to issue more opinions favoring employers.

Ring has represented businesses in the air freight, health-care, professional sports, and other industries, and has served as counsel for a number of multiemployer benefit funds.

Trump designated Marvin Kaplan (R) as chairman of the board after his predecessor Philip Miscimarra’s (R) term expired last December.

To contact the reporter on this story: Hassan A. Kanu in Washington athkanu@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Opfer atcopfer@bloomberglaw.com

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