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President Obama Announces Two Nominees for National Labor Relations Board

May 05, 2009

President Barack Obama recently announced his first two nominations to fill vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board.

On April 24, Obama announced long-time labor allies Craig Becker and Mark Pearce as his first two nominees to the NLRB. Both Becker and Pierce have lengthy histories of fighting on behalf of America’s working families, and their nominations are another sign of Obama’s commitment to bettering the lives of workers across the country.

“Both nominees are highly distinguished and well qualified for these positions,” said NAGE National President David J. Holway. “By announcing nominees with such extensive worker-friendly backgrounds, President Obama has taken a step towards evening the odds for our members and the working families of America.”

Becker currently serves as Associate General Council to both the SEIU and AFL-CIO and has appeared before the NLRB many times in the past. He has also argued labor and employment cases in almost every federal court of appeals and has even argued cases in front of the United States Supreme Court.

A life-long labor attorney, Pearce is a founding partner of the Buffalo, New York labor-side law firm of Crieghton, Pearce, Johnson & Giroux. Like Becker, Pearce has an extensive background arguing cases before state and federal courts and agencies such as the NYS Public Employment Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the US Department of Labor and the NLRB. Pearce was also appointed to serve as a board member on the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals in 2008.