Labor Board Nominee’s Conflict List Littered With Big Tech Companies

Federal labor board nominee John Ring will likely have to sit out cases involving some big technology and finance companies as well as an ongoing attempt to organize aerospace workers in the south by establishing employee unions at Boeing plants.

Ring’s former firm, Morgan Lewis, represents Amazon, Microsoft, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Pfizer, and other large corporations in cases currently before the National Labor Relations Board, according to a documentobtained by Bloomberg Law.

The nominee will likely have to recuse himself from those cases—and potentially others involving the companies— to avoid some of the ethical issues that have plagued another recently-confirmed member, William Emanuel (R). The board recently voided a closely-watched decision after the agency’s inspector general found that Emanuel shouldn’t have participated in the case.

“I take this issue very seriously,” Ring said at a nomination hearing last week, where he pledged to provide the client list before a Senate committee votes on his nomination. “I don’t want to put another cloud over the NLRB.”

Morgan Lewis also represents the employers in union petitions to organize workers at Boeing, the General Electric Company, Aramark, DaVita, Google, and Dell, among other large corporations. The International Association of Machinists have said the Boeing organizing drives at a facility in South Carolina are part of a broad attempt to organize aerospace workers in the Southern half of the country.

Ring has not necessarily been involved in all of the cases listed. He has done work for several public union pensions and retirement funds, and Grosvenor Capital Management, a large private equity firm. The nominee disclosed that work although it wasn’t required.