By Edwin S. Hopson
On May 16, 2013, the full U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions will conduct a hearing on the pending nominations to be Members on the National Labor Relations Board. Currently, there are five nominations pending for the five-member board. They are for:
●Curent Chairman Mark Pearce, for another term (his current term expires in August, 2013);
●Current Member, Richard Griffin, who is serving a recess appointment;
●Current Member, Sharon Block, who is also serving a recess appointment;
●Harry Johnson, a recent nominee who is a Republican; and
●Phillip Miscimarra, a recent nominee who is also a Republican.
Griffin and Block’s recess appointments have been under fire after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Noel Canning v. NLRB in January 2013 that they were invalid.