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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

The Senate HELP Committee will hold a hearing on the Craig Becker nomination to the NLRB on February 2 at 4:00 p.m. (  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

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