A federal appeals court ruled Obama's recess appointments to fill the labor board were unconstitutional. Republicans had brought the labor board to a halt by refusing to let any nominees come to a confirmation vote over the years (this is an abusive practice). To prevent Obama from filling the empty slots via recess appointments, Republicans copied a tactic Democrats used against George Bush. (A tactic we discussed here several years ago.) https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=199548 As abusive as blocking nominees solely to render the labor board non-functional is, I still think finding a way to stop, or at least curtail recess appointments is a good thing. Recess appointments were never intended to give the President a way to avoid getting Senate confirmation - they were intended to fill vacancies that occurred unexpectedly while Congress was out of session. Of course, the impact of the ruling is bad. The labor board is down to one of five slots being filled, which makes it incapable of taking any action. Plus, since the board didn't have at least 3 legitimate members, all of their recent actions could be negated. Unless, of course, you despise unions and would like to see the labor board eliminated entirely (which is why no nominees, no matter who they are, were allowed to come to a confirmation vote) - so much so you don't really care what the majority wanted.