Wednesday, November 19, 2008
As the country waits in suspense to see who will fill the prominent positions in the coming Obama administration, I have to admit that I am much more interested in learning who is playing a role currently in reviewing the labor and employment federal agencies.
We now have some answers with the posting of the Agency Review Teams for the Obama-Biden Transition.
As far as labor and employment law professor members, the list contains some eminent names including: Seth Harris (NYLS) (Working Group Member and Labor Team Lead); Tom Kochan (MIT) (Labor Team Lead); Cindy Estlund (NYU) (Labor Team Lead (NLRB)); Phyllis Borzi (GW Health) (Labor Department Team Member); Paul Miller (Washington) (Labor Department Team Member); and Emily Spieler (Northeastern) (Labor Department Team Member). Additionally, my former labor law and employment law professor at Georgetown, Walter Kamiat, is heading of the agency review of the PBGC.
Further information about the Team Leaders reveals that Tom Kochan will be leading review of the FMCS and Cindy Estlund will be doing the same with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
My hope is that the number of labor and employment law academics on the transition team will translate to some appointments for our academic community in the new Obama Administration. My list of such possibilities (if anyone was on the transition team was reading) was published last week.
Hat Tip: Paul Mollica