If you’ve been following us (or Daniel Schwartz) on Twitter, you are likely aware that President Obama has named the nominee for the third and final vacant seat on the NLRB — and has finally actually nominated the individuals he identified in April for the other two. Brian Hayes has been tapped to join SEIU Associate General Counsel Craig Becker and Buffalo labor attorney Mark Gaston Pearce as Members of the National Labor Relations Board. The press release issued by the White House describes Mr. Hayes as follows:
Brian Hayes, Nominee for Member of the National Labor Relations Board
Brian Hayes currently serves as the Republican Labor Policy Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). Previously, Mr. Hayes was in private legal practice for over twenty-five years. His practice was devoted exclusively to representing management clients in all aspects of labor and employment law. He has represented employers in scores of cases before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and various state fair employment practice agencies. He has served as chief trial counsel in the full range of employment claims in both state and Federal courts. Mr. Hayes has extensive experience in negotiating labor contracts on behalf of management clients, as well as representing clients in arbitrations, mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. He has argued a number of significant labor cases before the Federal Courts of Appeal; and regularly counseled clients regarding compliance with the full range of state and Federal labor laws including OSHA, FMLA, Title VII and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Before entering private practice, Mr. Hayes clerked for the Chief Judge of the National Labor Relations Board and thereafter served as Counsel to the Chairman of the NLRB. In addition to his private practice Mr. Hayes was a member of the adjunct faculty at Western New England Law School where he taught classes in Labor Law, Collective-Bargaining, Arbitration and Employment Litigation. He is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia bars, and the American Bar Association and its Labor and Employment Law Section. Mr. Hayes earned his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
What remains to be seen is whether or not these three gentlemen will be confirmed by the Senate — perhaps not so coincidentally amid all the talk about the future of EFCA, and the possibility of a sympathetic Board expanding the use of card-check without legislation — or whether the President will have to make recess appointments.
This Labor Board is certain to reverse Board law set forth in decisions passed during previous administrations, and will do so in a manner expanding the rights of unions and workers. We have previously reviewed many of the possibilities in posts here and here.
More on the issue:
- "Card Check and the National Labor Relations Board" — ShopFloor.org
- "Hayes to be Republican Nominee to NLRB" — Workplace Prof Blog
- "Third Nomination to NLRB" — Ross Runkel’s LawMemo