According to sources, the new nominees will be the retired associate general counsel of the AFL-CIO and the current chief counsel to the NLRB's [Democratic] chairman.


Two veteran labor lawyers will be President Barack Obama's new picks to serve on the National Labor Relations Board as part of an agreement to win confirmation for several of his stalled appointees, two Democratic officials said Tuesday.

Obama intends to nominate Nancy Schiffer, who retired last year as an associate general counsel at the AFL-CIO, and Kent Hirozawa, currently the chief counsel to the NLRB's chairman, said the officials, who disclosed the developments on condition of anonymity because they were not free to speak about the events by name.

Schiffer; Hirozawa new NLRB nominees

Excellent choices.  Reid's deal seems pretty damn good based on these nominees.

Update I: Here is  a link to Nancy Schiffer's senate subcommitte testimony in favor of the EFCA in 2007.

Update II:  Kent Hirozawa worked for the NLRB in the 1980s as a regional field attoney and then for two decades for a pro-union law firm in NYC before returning to the NLRB in Aoril 2010.

Info about Kent Hirozawa

Update III: President Obama chose these nominees after consultation with Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO:

Republicans got to love that.  :-)

As part of the deal to avoid the so-called nuclear option, Republicans agreed not to block the replacement nominees for Richard Griffin and Sharon Block, which were picked Tuesday in consultation with AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka.

The nominees will get a hearing next week, said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Harkin said the two will be approved before senators break for August recess.

“We now have a path forward to having a functioning NLRB for the remainder of Barack Obama’s term and even into the next presidency. So I’m very happy about that. so everything worked out,” Harkin said


Originally posted to TomP on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 03:08 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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