Monday, November 10, 2008

Some Thoughts/Speculation on Labor and Employment Appointments in the Obama Administration

CapitoldomeSo what do you get when you put together the election of a Democratic President and the fact that much of the labor and employment law professoriate is, shall we say, on the progressive side of things? 

Answer: many said academics wandering what role, if any, they will be playing in the new Obama administration.  From the lowest of assistants to the assistant Deputy of something to the head of some important agency, the number of positions open in places like the Department of Labor, the NLRB, the EEOC, etc. is staggering.

What follows then is some combination of sheer speculation and educated guesses.  Although I served on two of President-elect Obama's policy committees (labor and government reform), the latter as the Midwest Chair, I am completely outside of this process and do not serve on any of the transition teams in these areas.

In any event, here are my predictions/guesses (with a little help from my friends), and of course only a part of these appointments in any case will be from the academic world.  Feel free to put forward your suggestions/predictions in the comments that follow.  Who knows maybe somebody with some influence will be reading this post!

Secretary of Labor:  Robert Reich (Dick Gephardt and David Bonior have also been mentioned)

Deputy Secretary of Labor: Ed Montgomery (also national chair of Obama's Labor Policy Committee)

Solicitor of Labor: Seth Harris, Kathy Stone

Deputy Solicitor of Labor: Sam Bagenstos, Eric Schnapper, Marion Crain

NLRB Members:  Dennis Walsh, Anne Marie Lofaso, Jeff Hirsch, Sam Estreicher, Joan Flynn, Sharon Block, Jim Brudney

NLRB General Counsel:  Michael Gottesman, Cindy Estlund, Craig Becker

Office of Labor-Management Standards: Ken Dau-Schmidt, Laura Cooper

EEOC Commissioners: Wendy Williams, Chai Feldblum, Charlie Sullivan, Mike Zimmer, Roberto Corrada

Women's Bureau: Nancy Levit, Susan Carle, Angela-Onwuachi-Willig

OSHA: Jordan Barab

Office of Disability Employment Policy: Paul Miller, Michael Waterstone, Michael Stein, Mark Weber

FMCS:  Rick Bales, Marty Malin

Employment Standards Administration:  David Weil, Tom Kochan

Wage and Hour Division:  Catherine Fiske, Matt Bodie, Steve Befort, Peggie Smith

MSPB: Marty Malin, Joe Slater, Helen Norton

Office of Special Counsel:  Richard Moberly

EBSA: Colleen Medill, Ed Zelinsky, Jon Forman

PBGC: Albert Feuer, Jim Wooten

OFCCP:  Melissa Hart

Bureau of International Labor Affairs: Lance Compa, Matt Finkin, Hillary Josephs

One last thought: it will be interesting to see if Obama keeps the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Have at it everyone.

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Comments

Cindy Estlund would make a wonderful NLRB GC. We should all be so lucky.

Posted by: Desiree | Nov 10, 2008 11:27:41 AM

Not that anyone has asked nor do I expect anyone to ask, but for the record, I don't want to be on the MSPB. I'm happy being the science officer on the Starship Enterprise.

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Nov 10, 2008 12:44:31 PM

Eric Schnapper would be a great choice for Solicitor/Deputy Solicitor.

Posted by: Eric B. Martin | Nov 10, 2008 5:09:01 PM

Professor Joan Flynn for NLRB member.

Posted by: rugercaptain | Nov 10, 2008 6:10:27 PM

Kathy Stone would be a terrific choice for Solicitor of Labor. Not only is she mega-watt smart, she keeps her eye on the big picture without losing focus on details. Plus she comes with a ton of litigation experience.

Posted by: Brendan Smith | Nov 11, 2008 7:57:25 AM

Ben Sachs for NLRB!

Posted by: S Y M | Nov 11, 2008 11:53:23 AM

Although I agree that the appointment of Professor Rick Bales to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service would be an excellent choice, he is needed at Chase. We are not prepared to let him go. Sorry Professor Bales.

Posted by: JeRhonda | Nov 11, 2008 5:30:20 PM

Kathy Stone is an inspired choice for Solicitor of Labor. Not only is she an expert in ADR and traditional labor and employment law issues, her recent work on the transformation of the workplace and employment relations displays the kind of forward-thinking approach that is sorely needed within our regulatory structures. And, as noted above, she has a great deal of litigation experience on top of her stellar academic achievements.

Posted by: Phil Hostak | Nov 12, 2008 7:49:03 AM

Prof. Lofaso for the board would be an inspired choice. Obama could do no better than her for any of these positions.

Posted by: Student | Nov 12, 2008 8:22:01 PM

A truly horrifying list.

Posted by: James Young | Nov 12, 2008 9:31:56 PM

Ellen Dannin would be GREAT on the NLRB!!!

Posted by: David Williams | Dec 2, 2008 6:49:01 AM

This list is truly horrifing. But Obama is not going to repeat Clinton's mistake by appointing some egotistical professor (such as Bill Gould) to the NLRB, either as a Member or General Counsel. There are plenty of smart, experienced practitioners from across the country who would be excellent candidates for these slots. Hopefully, Obama will remember the old adage -- "Those who can't do, teach!"

Posted by: Career Employee | Jan 12, 2009 5:35:14 AM

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