By Ed Hopson and George Miller
On July 9, 2009, the White House announced that it was sending the U.S. Senate the nominations of Craig Becker, Mark Gaston Pearce, and Brian Hayes to be members of the National Labor Relations Board. If the Senate confirms these nominees, the NLRB will have a full complement of five members for the first time since December 16, 2007. Becker, Pearce, and Hayes would join the current members: Chairman, Wilma B. Liebman and Member Peter C. Schaumber.
Craig Becker currently serves as Associate General Counsel to both the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C.
Mark Gaston Pearce has been a labor lawyer in Buffalo, New York for many years representing unions.
Brian Hayes currently serves as the Republican Labor Policy Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Before taking his position in the Senate, Hayes practiced law in Massachusetts, representing employers in labor and employment matters.
The political party line-up would be as follows:
Chairman Wilma Liebman – Democrat—term expiring August 27, 2011
Mark Gaston Pearce – Democrat – term expiring August 27, 2013
Craig Becker – Democrat – term expiring December 16, 2014
Peter Schaumber – Republican – term expiring August 27, 2010
Brian Hayes – Republican – term expiring December 16, 2012
The NLRB’s General Counsel is Ronald Meisburg, a Republican from Louisville, KY, whose term expires August 4, 2010.