On Monday, the National Labor Relations Board swore in three new Board Members. The NLRB now has a full Board with five Members for the first time since August 2010. The new members — Sharon Block, Terence F. Flynn, and Richard Griffin — were named by President Obama on January 4, 2012, as recess appointments
In a political shocker, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he will make recess appointments to immediately fill three NLRB Board Member vacancies. President Obama’s appointees include two Democrats, union lawyer Richard Griffin and Labor Department official Sharon Block, and one Republican, NLRB lawyer Terence Flynn.
President Barack Obama recently announced that he intends to nominate Sharon Block and Richard Griffin to the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”).
Block and Griffin (both lawyers) have significant experience working to advance organized labor policies. Block is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor. She was previously a senior labor counsel for the Senate Health, Education, and Labor and Pensions Committee and worked for Senator Edward Kennedy during that time. Block also served at the NLRB as an attorney. Griffin is the general counsel for the International Union of Operating Affairs, and he is a member of the board of directors for the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee.