President Obama to Nominate Two Labor Attorneys to NLRB: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) reports that President Obama has already made his selections to serve as members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after the Senate reached a deal to avoid the "nuclear option" yesterday. In a follow-on to yesterday’s post, the President has reportedly named Nancy Shiffer and Kent Hirozawa as his new Board picks. Shiffer is a former general counsel of the AFL-CIO, while Hirozawa currently serves as chief counsel to Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce.
The nominees must be approved with the "advice and consent" of the Senate, per Constitutional requirements, but this is seen to be a mere formality as a result of yesterday’s deal-making. We will be watching these nominees closely and will keep you posted as they move toward an up or down vote.
MLB Union Chief Talks Succession, Fight Over Steroids: Bill Madden of the New York Daily News writes that yesterday, MLB Union Chief Michael Weiner delivered an emotion-filled press conference where he touched on both the steroid scandal and union succession issues. Weiner, diagnosed with cancer last year, first stated that a successor had been chosen, but refused to name names when prompted. The union chief also touched on the developing Biogenesis steroid scandal and expressed his hope that the Players Union and League officials could come to a consensus on the lengths of any suspensions resulting from its fallout.
Rural/Metro Strike Already Over: Colin Bishop of WGRZ.com reports that about eight hours after the Rural/Metro workers strike began in Buffalo, NY, it ended. Negotiations took place through the night and, with the help of a federal mediator, the parties have reached a new collective bargaining agreement. While specific terms of the deal were not released, we can report that it will last for four years and includes wage increases for covered employees.