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South Carolina: Ground Zero for the GOP Candidates' Assault on Working Americans' Rights

The little-noticed National Labor Relations Board has somehow become red meat for Republican crowds in South Carolina.

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Even after Brian Hayes decided not to step down, the NLRB faced potential paralysis at the end of 2011, when one of President Obama’s recess appointments expired.  Many union activists were pleasantly surprised when Obama, who took over a year to deploy recess appointments to fill NLRB vacancies earlier in his term, made three such appointments January 4.  With a five-member NLRB, a devoutly anti-labor GOP, and a raging national debate over labor rights, expect the Labor Board to make headlines for as long as there’s a Democratic president.

Josh Eidelson is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. He worked as a union organizer for five years. Check out his blog or follow him on Twitter.

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