Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) — When a majority of its press operators decided to quit the Teamsters, Pacific Publishing Co. in Seattle immediately stopped negotiating with the union.

The Teamsters complained to the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, where the agency's general counsel sided with the union. He asked the board to give the labor group more time to persuade the unhappy members to return to the fold.

Employer groups say the decision shows the board, operating at full strength for the first time since President Barack Obama took office five years ago, is tilting toward unions.

That matters because the board is likely to take up a series of issues with potentially far-reaching impact, from the status of collective bargaining agreements after a corporate takeover to whether union organizers can use a company's e-mail.

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