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Griffin Nomination to be NLRB General Counsel Moves Forward in Senate

By Edwin S. Hopson

On October 29, 2013, the Senate, in a vote of 62 to 37, invoked cloture on the nomination of Richard Griffin, Jr., to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.  This vote clears the way for his confirmation since clearly a majority of Senators favor his appointment.


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New NLRB Members Confirmed by the Senate

By Edwin S. Hopson

On July 30, 2013, the Senate voted to confirm the President’s recent nominations of Democrats Kent Hirozawa and Nancy Schiffer to be Members of the National Labor Relations Board.  Hirozawa is currently Chief Counsel to NLRB Chairman Pearce.  Schiffer was most recently Associate General Counsel of the AFL-CIO.  The Senate also confirmed the reappointment of Chairman Mark Pearce, also a Democrat.

The vote for confirmation as to Hirozawa and Schiffer was 54 to 44.  Pearce was confirmed by a vote of 59 to 38.

The nominations of Republicans Harry Johnson and Phillip Miscimarra to the NLRB were confirmed by “voice vote.”

Thus, for the first time in about 10 years, there is a five member Board in place as confirmed by the Senate.