Fred Feinstein

Fred Feinstein served as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board from 1994 - 1999. Over the past decade he has been a consultant to several unions and worker organizations.

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In the Crosshairs

A former general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board explains the latest assault on worker rights.

Republican presidential hopeful, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for defunding the NLRB. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was a barely-noticed federal agency until recently. Now, it's mentioned in Republican presidential debates and is the object of heated political attacks. Why? The NLRB is in the political crosshairs of many on the right because it enforces workers' rights, and has for more than 75 years. These rights have been under assault in state legislatures, by governors, and now the right has turned its sights on the NLRB. Governors have authority over state employees, so their efforts to repeal collective-bargaining rights have necessarily focused on teachers, police officers, fire fighters and other state employees. In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker forced through the legislature a bill that will make it much harder for public employees to unionize. In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie has sharply criticized teachers who exercise their right to have a say in the educational process. In Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder gave unelected financial "managers"...