President Nominates Two Republicans, Democrat to the NLRB: Earlier today, President Obama announced that he is nominating three individuals to serve as members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The President is nominating two Republicans and a Democrat to the Board, which has been thrown into chaos since January’s Noel Canning ruling out of the D.C. Circuit. The two Republicans, Philip A. Miscimarra and Harry I. Johnson, III, both have backgrounds in representing management officials in labor relations disputes. In contrast, Democrat and Board Chair Mark Pearce has been renominated to his current position. President Obama, in announcing his nominations to the Board, urged the Senate to act quickly to confirm his selections.
“With these nominations there will be five nominees to the NLRB, both Republicans and Democrats, awaiting Senate confirmation," Obama said in a statement. "I urge the Senate to confirm them swiftly so that this bipartisan board can continue its important work on behalf of the American people.”
Earlier this year, President Obama renominated appointees Sharon Block and Richard Griffin to the Board. Both Block and Griffin are Democrats, with Block having previously served as counsel to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. Griffin, in turn, was formerly employed as an attorney for the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE).
The President’s move to nominate a full five members to the Board comes on the heels of a possible vote in the House of Representatives that would shut the Board down for all practical purposes until its members are confirmed by the Senate. The White House is hoping that Senate Republicans will approve of the bipartisan nominees, particularly because both Miscimarra and Johnson have been blessed by GOP leadership. However, there is still cause for concern from the President’s office because some Republicans have stated that they would rather shut the Board down then let it continue to make "out of control" decisions.
In any event, it it clear that President Obama will attempt to push his nominations to the Board through the Senate, as he sees the NLRB as playing a critical role in the current economic recovery.
"By enforcing workplace protections, upholding the rights of workers and providing a stable workplace environment for businesses, the NLRB plays a vital role in our efforts to grow the economy and strengthen the middle class," Obama said in a statement.
The nomination of three individuals to the NLRB is just the beginning for President Obama and his selections. It will now be up to the Senate to confirm the nominees before they can officially take their posts with the NLRB. We here at @LRToday will be watching these events very closely and will certainly keep you posted with any updates.