Sunday, January 27, 2008
On Jan. 25, 2008, President Bush announced his intent to reappoint Robert Battista and Dennis Walsh to the Board and to appoint management attorney Gerald Morales to the National Labor Relations Board. The full Press release is available here. It provides as follows:
The President intends to nominate Robert J. Battista, of Michigan, to be a Member and designate Chair upon confirmation of the National Labor Relations Board, for the remainder of a five-year term expiring 12/16/09. Mr. Battista recently served as Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. Prior to this, he served as a Partner at Butzel Long. Mr. Battista received his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and his JD from the University of Michigan Law School.
The President intends to nominate Gerard Morales, of Arizona, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board, for a five-year term expiring 12/16/12. Mr. Morales currently serves as a Partner at Snell & Wilmer, LLP. Prior to this, he served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona College of Law. Earlier in his career, he served as a Field Attorney at the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Morales received his bachelor's degree from Stetson University, his master's degree from Tulane University, and his JD from Tulane University.
The President intends to nominate Dennis P. Walsh, of Maryland, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the remainder of a five-year term expiring 08/27/08 and an additional five-year term expiring 08/27/13. Mr. Walsh recently served as a Member of the National Labor Relations Board. Prior to this, he served as Special Assistant to a Board Member of the National Labor Relations Board. Earlier in his career, he served as Chief Counsel to a Board Member of the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Walsh received his bachelor's degree from Hamilton College and his JD from Cornell University.
I have not been able to find much about this on the internet. Senator Kennedy apparently thought that the President was only appointing two Republicans when in fact he also nominated former Democratic Member Walsh. Senator Kennedy issued the following statement on his web site:
It’s unbelievable that President Bush would renominate Mr. Battista to the Board, after he led the most anti-worker, anti-labor, anti-union Board in its history. America’s hard-working men and women deserve a Board that will uphold their rights, not undermine them. With these nominations, the Administration has again demonstrated its hostility to fairness and justice in the workplace.”
Mr. MoraIes appears to be a management attorney from Phoenix. Battista's term as Chairman just ended and his anti-union decisions are well known. I do not think there is any, repeat any, chance that Battista stands a chance in this Democratically controlled Senate. Additionally, I also think that there is virtually no chance that Morales will be confirmed. While I do believe that the Senate would confirm Walsh, I doubt that the Senate would agree to any package that included Battista. I also doubt that the President would appoint Walsh alone because that would give the Democrats control of the Board.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein