Wednesday, April 7, 2010
It's official. The two recess appointments to the NLRB--Mark Pearce and Craig Becker--were sworn in on Wednesday, giving the NLRB four members. (And, no, it won''t make the New Process Supreme Court case reviewing the validity of the two-member Board moot as some the two-member cases are still under challenge and, unfortunately, it can easily happen again.) Pearce named Kent Hirozawa his Chief Counsel and Becker picked Peter Winkler. I don't know Hirazawa, but I used to work with Winkler (he was was my first supervisor the NLRB's Appellate Court Branch), who is a great choice and has probably forgotten more labor law than I'll ever know.
The big question now is what will happen with the nomination of Brian Hayes, the Republican nominee. No doubt another bruising fight to come, especially once the recess appointments expire.