Controversy Continues over NLRB Nominee

January 11, 2010 - by: HR Hero 1 COMMENTS

According to the New York Times, President Barack Obama has reportedly decided to renominate Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Last summer, the President nominated Becker, Mark Pearce, and Brian Hayes to the U.S. Senate to be members of the NLRB. In December, Becker’s nomination was returned to the White House for reconsideration after Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) put a hold on it. (The Senate held over the nominations of Pearce and Hayes until its 2010 session.)

Becker has stirred up the most controversy out of the three nominees since the business community and Republicans are strongly opposed to his nomination. He currently serves as associate general counsel to both the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the largest unions in the United States, and the American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), a voluntary federation of national and international labor unions.

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Three NLRB Nominations Announced by Obama Administration

July 14, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Late Friday, July 9, the White House announced it had sent the nominations of Craig Becker, Mark Gaston Pearce, and Brian Hayes to be members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to the U.S. Senate. If confirmed, the NLRB would have a full, five-member board for the first time since December 2007. The current members are Chairman Wilma B. Liebman and Peter C. Schaumber.

Earlier, on April 24, President Obama had announced his intention to nominate labor law attorneys Becker and Pearce for the two vacant Democratic seats on the NLRB. Hayes’ nomination to fill the vacant Republican seat was announced on Friday shortly before the nominations were sent to the Senate. By tradition, three of the five Board seats are filled by individuals of the same political party as the President in office.

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D.C. Circuit Court: NLRB Can’t Render Decisions with Only 2 Members

May 04, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Although two other courts of appeals had previously decided otherwise, on May 1, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a two-person National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) could not render decisions in NLRB cases. The case in question was an appeal of the NLRB’s finding that management at Laurel Baye, a nursing home, had engaged in unfair labor practices. Laurel Baye did not challenge that ruling; however, it did challenge whether the NLRB even has the authority to issue a decision.

The issue of the two-member NLRB’s authority is still pending before several other appellate courts; however, in the meantime, does the D.C. appeals court’s ruling also affect other decisions the two-member Board has issued since December of 2007?

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President Obama Announces NLRB Nominations

April 27, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Craig Becker and Mark Pearce to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a White House press release issued Friday, April 24, 2009. Congress created the NLRB in 1935 to administer the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the principal law that governs relations between labor unions, employers, and employees in private-sector workplaces.

The governing NLRB, which decides labor issues, is one of the two major parts of the NLRB. The President appoints Board members to five-year terms with the Senate’s consent, and one member’s term expires each year. Currently, Wilma B. Liebman is the chair of the NLRB, Peter C. Schaumber is a member, and there are three vacancies.

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