Labor Law and Policy Today

The Long Term Effects of 

Howard Jenkins, Jr.'s




       On August 27, 1983, Howard Jenkins, Jr., ended his tenure on the National Labor Relations Board.  He had dedicated 20 years of his life as a member of the Board.  His record during those years illustrates that he believed that labor rights should be equally protected for all by the NLRB.  In his letter of resignation to President Ronald Reagan, Jenkins stated:  


In my four terms spanning twenty years on the Board, under appointments by both Republican and Democratic presidents, it has been a pleasure to have helped formulate many important principles and decisions which have, with court approval, become a major part of our national policy.  Among these, and one in which I took the lead, is the now well-accepted principle that race and sex discrimination are unfair labor practices prohibited by the National Labor Relations Act.  


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