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“Full House” (For Now) at the Labor Board

The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed both Mark Gaston Pearce and Brian Hayes to serve as members of the National Labor Relations Board.  This brings the membership at the Board from four to five for the first time since 2007.    Mr. Pearce has already been serving as a member of the NLRB since April… Continue Reading

The NLRB in Transition – Whither Board Law?

The Chairman’s statement could signal slower change than forecast – but don’t bank on it For the first time in more than two years, the Board has clear quorum.  The question now turns to how the agency will exercise its authority. This is an issue of no small concern.  For an agency that is supposed… Continue Reading

Implications of an NLRB Filled with Obama’s Recess-Appointees

This article was written by Roger P. Gilson, a partner in our Stamford, Connecticut office. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis’s comments at the AFL-CIO annual meeting last week confirmed speculation that, with or without the resolution of health care legislation, President Obama will announce his recess appointment of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations… Continue Reading

A Possible Recess Appointment of Craig Becker?

Seeming to hint at a possible recess appointment of Craig Becker to the Labor Board, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis stated at today’s AFL-CIO annual meeting that organized labor would be "very pleased" with how the Craig Becker nomination is resolved.  Union officials are predicting that President Barack Obama may appoint Mr. Becker when Congress… Continue Reading

Senate Vote Blocked

As expected, the Senate Democratic majority failed to muster the votes necessary to invoke cloture on the nomination of Craig Becker to the NLRB yesterday. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s release below provides additional details as well as three possible directions this might take. *** TO:     All Members of the U.S. Chamber’s Labor Relations Committee… Continue Reading

Becker Nomination Draws Democrat’s Opposition on Key Vote

With the Administration’s nomination of Craig Becker for a seat on the National Labor Relations Board set for a cloture vote in the Senate today, Nebraska’s Democratic Senator Ben Nelson has announced he will join with Republicans in opposing the Senate leadership’s motion to cut off debate on Becker.  Cloture would clear the way for… Continue Reading

The High Road to Labor Law Reform…

This article was written by Tom Walsh, a partner in our White Plains, NY office. The specter of EFCA may seem to be fading as support dwindles for the more controversial aspects of the Administration’s agenda. But don’t count out the pro-union reform forces yet. Not by a long shot.  Much has been said of the Craig… Continue Reading

Becker Approved

As expected, the Senate HELP Committee has approved the nomination of Craig Becker to the NLRB on a party line vote. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s release below provides additional details. *** TO:   Members of the U.S. Chamber’s Labor Relations Committee and other interested members of the business community As scheduled the Committee on Health, Education,… Continue Reading

Senate HELP Committee Begins Hearings on Becker Nomination

  Senator Orrin Hatch’s (R-Utah) opening remarks on the first day of Senate HELP Committee hearings on the nomination of Craig Becker to the NLRB, available here, contained a salvo of questions probing the nominee’s controversial positions on key labor relations law issues, such as his view that employers should have no right express their… Continue Reading

U.S. Chamber Calls to Action on Becker Nomination

Immediate action called for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in connection with the Becker nomination to the NLRB. See Chamber’s release below.  Additional information about the possible impact of this appointment will be found in several recent Jackson Lewis EFCA and Labor Law Reform blog. If you would like to discuss the significance of… Continue Reading

Becker Nomination Will Go Before Senate HELP Committee

The Senate HELP Committee will hold a hearing on the Craig Becker nomination to the NLRB on February 2 at 4:00 p.m. (http://help.senate.gov/Hearings/2010_02_02/2010_02_02.html).  The Committee will then consider him and we expect Becker’s nomination will be approved and likely referred to the full Senate for confirmation.  Senate Democrats may try to rush Becker’s confirmation vote… Continue Reading

Labor Law Reform … Labor Board Style

National Labor Relations Board Chair Liebman wrote in a March 2008 Journal of Labor and Society: “The existence of a strong independent trade union movement is critical to a democratic society. Similarly, the system of collective bargaining … affords an effective mechanism to distribute resources and as such, it furthers a collective national sense of fairness… Continue Reading

Craig Becker Renominated by President Obama

As reported here, the Senate late last year unanimously refused to carry over Mr. Becker’s nomination for consideration in the next Session of Congress. The nomination was thus returned to President Obama.  Now, according to the New York Times, President Obama has decided to renominate Craig Becker as a member of the National Labor Relations Board…. Continue Reading

NLRB Nomination of Craig Becker Stumbles in Senate at Close of Session

Craig Becker’s NLRB nomination may not have been thrown under the bus, but it certainly seems to have been thrown off of it.  Just prior to adjournment on December 24, the Senate unanimously refused to carry over Mr. Becker’s nomination for consideration in the next Session of Congress.  It was returned to the President.  As… Continue Reading

NLRB Nominations Advance in Senate Committee Without Public Hearing, But Opposition Looms

By a vote of 15-8, mainly along party lines, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (“HELP”) earlier today approved the Administration’s nomination of Craig Becker to the Labor Board. The other two nominees (Mark Pearce and Brian Hayes) received unanimous votes. The Committee’s action makes it more likely all three nominations will reach… Continue Reading

Congress Rushes to Consider NLRB Nominees

  Senate Committee Avoids Public Hearing, Despite Call from Employer Groups Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (“HELP”) announced it had scheduled a meeting for October 21 to consider without a hearing the Administration’s three nominees to the NLRB.  The HELP Committee’s action occurred despite pleas by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce… Continue Reading

Craig Becker Nominated to the NLRB

President Obama sent his nominations for the three empty seats on the NLRB to the Senate on July 9, 2009. One of the three, Craig Becker, is currently the Associate General Counsel for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Although Mr. Becker has much labor law experience, he has some extreme ideas for reforming labor… Continue Reading