Earlier this month, President Trump nominated John Ring to serve on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a five-year term. If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Ring’s appointment would ensure that the NLRB has a Republican-appointed majority through at least 2020.
The announcement was not a surprise, and the nomination has the support of many national business trade associations, including the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Mr. Ring is co-chairman of the labor/management relations practice at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Brockius, where he works on labor contracts, multiemployer benefit funds, and corporate restructurings.
The NLRB achieved a reputation for pro-union activism during President Obama’s administration, which congressional Republicans have been eager to reverse. Last year, the Senate confirmed three other Trump picks to the board: former GOP House staffer Marvin Kaplan to an open seat, business lawyer Bill Emanuel to another open seat, and private sector lawyer Peter Robb as the board’s general counsel.