WASHINGTON - Adding to their campaign against the National Labor Relations Board - and worker rights - the ruling Republicans on the House subcommittee that helps dole out federal funds slashed $74 million from the board's budget for the year starting Oct. 1.

But even more important than cutting its spending from $274 million this fiscal year to $200 million in fiscal 2016 - President Obama wanted $278 million - is that the lawmakers attached several "riders" banning the board from acting in various areas.

Three labor leaders walked into a bar. Okay, it wasn’t a bar. It was a slightly stuffy faculty club at the University of Chicago. Three union leaders were invited to the university’s Quadrangle Club by David Axelrod, a former top campaign and White House advisor to President Barack Obama. Aiming to expand students’ political education by exposing them to seasoned practitioners, Axelrod founded the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago after he left Washington.