Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Senate Confirms Griffin as NLRB General Counsel

GriffinToday the Senate voted to confirm Richard Griffin General Counsel for the NLRB, 55-44.  This makes it official that the Board--for now at least--has a full complement of confirmed presidential appointees.  How long this lasts is anyone's guess, but if any agency deserved some stability, it's the NLRB.  It's announcement of the confirmation, including a well-deserved thanks to now-former Acting GC, Lafe Solomon:

“Today’s Senate vote to confirm Richard F. Griffin, Jr. as General Counsel will ensure the NLRB’s ability to enforce the National Labor Relations Act.  The Act guarantees the right of private sector workers to organize and bargain collectively with their employers and to participate in concerted activities to improve their pay and working conditions.

“Having served as a staff attorney and as a member of the Board, Mr. Griffin has a wealth of experience in labor law and a deep understanding of the National Labor Relations Act.  On behalf of the NLRB, I welcome him back and know that he will play a vital role in ensuring that we continue to provide excellent service to the American people. 

“The Agency and the American people owe a debt of gratitude to Lafe E. Solomon, who began his career at the NLRB in 1972 and has served so ably as the Acting General Counsel since June of 2010. His courage and dedication to the mission and to improving the efficiency of the Agency during his term as Acting General Counsel was extraordinary.  I know that all the dedicated public servants who work for the Agency in headquarters and regional offices throughout the country appreciate his long record of service and significant accomplishments at the NLRB.”

Hat Tip: Patrick Kavanagh

-JH

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