We knew this day was coming. It’s almost finally here. Obama announced his intention to fill two of the three (out of 5) open seats on the National Labor Relations Board (the Supreme Court of judges for labor law issues). And without much surprise, he announced two lawyers who happen to represent labor unions – to go along with Wilma Liebman who he appointed Head of the Boardand who used to represent labor unions. One of the appointees, Craig Becker is the Associated General Counsel for both the SEIU and the AFL-CIO. The other is Mark Pearce, who is in private practice in New York and represents trade unions in labor and employment law issues.
Click here for a fullbio on these two appointees courtesy of Ross Runkle’s LawMemo Blog.
Now just 1 seat is left to fill, and by law that has to go a Republican. But by when must it be filled is a better question than who will get it. The Board has been operating as a 2 person Board for over a year – 1 Republican and 1 Democrat. Obama just announced he will fill it with 2 more people – both Democrats. Obviously the Board is the most left it can be at this moment. So there really isn’t any incentive for Obama to pick that last Republican. I expect to see many 3-1 decisions in favor of Unions for quite some time.