By Paul Cherner
President Obama has announced his intention to nominate two union attorneys to be Board members of the NLRB. They are Craig Becker and Mark G. Pearce.
Becker has been Associate General Counsel for the Service Employees International Union for 17 years and holds the same position at the AFL-CIO. He has practiced and taught labor law for 27 years.
Pearce practices labor law at a law firm in Buffalo, NY that represents unions and individual employees. He previously taught labor law and began his career at the NLRB.
The NLRB has a total of five Board Members. Traditionally, the President appoints three Members from his party to the staggered terms of the NLRB and designates one of them to be Chairman. The two other Board Members are traditionally from the opposition party. At the present time, there are two Board Members serving on the NLRB who were appointed during the prior administration- Chairman Liebman (D) and Member Schaumber (R). If these two new appointments by President Obama are confirmed by the Senate, there will be a Democratic majority for the first time in many years.