Monday, November 10, 2008
So 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.