NLRB Nominees Likely to Move Forward

July 24, 2013

pic-nlrb-laborSenate Majority Leader Reid had made it clear he was prepared to force a vote amending the Senate rules to prevent a filibuster of nominations.  As part of a deal to prevent this so-called “nuclear option,” Republicans agreed to allow a vote on a series of nominations including two nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the president agreed to withdraw the nominations of Sharon Block and Richard F. Griffin.  The Block and Griffin nominations had been mired in controversy and are the subject of litigation now before the Supreme Court.  For more information on this litigation, click here.  To read about the deal reached last week, click here.

The new NLRB nominees are AFL-CIO Associate General Counsel Nancy Jean Schiffer and Kent Yoshiho Hirozawa, who is chief counsel to the NLRB chairman.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on the two nominees yesterday (Tuesday) and is expected to favorably report the nominations today.  They may be taken up by the full Senate next week.