As previously reported in this space, employer groups have been asking the Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (“HELP”) to schedule public hearings on the Administration’s nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board.  So far, the requests have not been answered.  The HELP Committee is slated to take up Mr. Becker’s nomination, along with those of fellow nominees Mark Pearce and Brian Hayes, in a closed-door markup session on the morning of Wednesday, October 21.  We have learned meanwhile that a number of major trade associations are writing the HELP Committee Chairman and Ranking Member opposing Becker’s nomination in light of positions he has taken in public writings on restricting employer rights and other labor relations law issues, and asking the Committee leaders to hold a full hearing on the nominee.

We are following the Board nominations closely and will keep you posted.