Tag Archives: HELP Committee

Senate Committee Approves Trump’s NLRB General Counsel Nominee

A critical National Labor Relations Board nomination was approved by the Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on October 18, 2017, according to Bloomberg BNA. Management-side labor attorney Peter Robb’s nomination to be the Board’s next General Counsel has been long-anticipated by those interested in seeing changes in the agency’s doctrinal jurisprudence. The … Continue Reading

Breaking News: NLRB Chairman Miscimarra Declines Second Term

Reportedly citing personal reasons, National Labor Relations Board Chairman Philip Miscimarra has declined consideration for a second term on the Board. Miscimarra’s term expires on December 16, 2017, and the Board is facing a slashed budget. Miscimarra, seen as pro-business, has become known for his numerous strong dissents in opposition to labor-friendly decisions by the … Continue Reading

DOL Nominee Puzder’s Hearing Rescheduled

The confirmation hearing for Andrew Puzder, President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, has been postponed from January 12 to the week of January 16, according to a report in Politico. The hearing will take place before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The Committee is chaired by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).… Continue Reading

Senate Labor Committee Recommends Senate Confirmation of Democrat McFerran to the NLRB

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has voted to recommend Senate confirmation of Democrat Lauren McFerran, President Barack Obama’s recent nominee  to the National Labor Relations Board.  During the December 2 vote, McFerran’s nomination was supported by the 12 Democrats on the Committee and opposed by all 10 Republicans. According to Senate … Continue Reading

President Obama Withdraws NLRB Nominee

President Barack Obama reportedly has withdrawn former-National Labor Relations Board member Sharon Block’s nomination to the NLRB to replace Nancy Schiffer, whose term expires on December 16, 2014.  Obama instead will nominate Lauren McFerran, chief labor counsel for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Block’s renomination earlier this year has met with significant … Continue Reading

NLRB Actions to be Reviewed by Congressional Committee

The House Education and the Workforce committee is holding a hearing on February 11, 2011, to review the actions of the National Labor Relations Board.  We expect they will talk about recent NLRB decisions and rulemaking efforts and the general direction of the Board.  In 2010, the Board’s budget was $287 million, up $20 million … Continue Reading

Senators are Candid at Jackson Lewis Conference

Senators Orrin Hatch and Tom Harkin, members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, spoke at the 20th Jackson Lewis Corporate Counsel Conference in Washington, D.C. on May 13. Senator Harkin said at an IAM conference held a few days before that EFCA was his top priority.  We asked Senator Hatch during our breakfast … 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

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Appeals Court Conflict Over NLRB Quorum

  With a clear conflict among the federal Circuit Courts and with the National Labor Relations Board and employers calling to have the Board quorum issue settled, the United States Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the NLRB is authorized to render decisions while three of its five seats remain vacant.  The Court granted … 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

Requests Mounting for Senate Committee to Open Hearings on Becker NLRB Nomination

  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 … 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