The Trump administration is looking to use early retirement incentives to cut staffing levels at the federal government's top labor arbiter.
The National Labor Relations Board has put out a call for early retirements to reduce its workforce. The agency said the voluntary retirement and separation programs are needed to restore balance between its caseloads and employees, as well as address "flat funding" as Congress and the White House have rejected bids for budget hikes.
"The NLRB has an imbalance in staffing in both headquarters and the NLRB’s regional offices," the agency said in an Aug. 7 announcement. Incentivizing workers to retire or quit, the announcement says, "will enable the Agency to reallocate its limited resources and to, among other things, provide employees with the tools they need, including training and improvements in technology."