Senate Democrats

Reid Remarks On National Labor Relations Board Nominees

“This board is an important safeguard for workers in America – regardless of whether the employees are union or non-union. Without the work of the NLRB, employees who have been cheated and treated unfairly would have no entity to address the wrongs.” 

“The Senate will consider three Democratic nominees and two Republican nominees today. Once they are confirmed, the NLRB will have five Senate-confirmed members for the first time in a decade.”

“These nominees will be responsible for ensuring fair compensation and working conditions for American workers.”

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today regarding nominees to the National Labor Relations Board.  Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

For the first time in three years, the Senate is poised to confirm members to the National Labor Relations Board. Although too few Americans are aware of the important job this board does, the NLRB looks out for the rights of millions of U.S. worker every day and remedies unfair practices by private companies.

This board is an important safeguard for workers in America – regardless of whether the employees are union or non-union. Without the work of the NLRB, employees who have been cheated and treated unfairly would have no entity to address the wrongs. Union elections would be meaningless to employees and employers. Labor abuses and unfair employment practices could go unchallenged.

I am glad that the Senate is moving forward as agreed, under the process set forth at the beginning of this Congress, to confirm five nominees to the NLRB – two Republicans and three Democrats. The Senate will consider three Democratic nominees and two Republican nominees today. Once they are confirmed, the NLRB will have five Senate-confirmed members for the first time in a decade.

The five nominees are all eminently qualified. For example, Mark Pearce has served on the National Labor Relations Board for three years. He has served as chairman since 2011. Mr. Pearce was a founding partner of a Buffalo, New York law firm, where he practiced employment law. He previously worked in the Buffalo, New York regional office of the NLRB. Mr. Pearce received his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his law degree from SUNY Buffalo.

Kent Hirozawa, whose nomination we will also consider today, is currently chief counsel for the National Labor Relations Board. Before joining the NLRB staff in 2010, Mr. Hirozawa was a partner at a New York law firm, where he worked on federal and state labor and employment law.  Mr. Hirozawa also served as a field attorney for the NLRB from for three years prior to entering private practice. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Yale and his law degree from NYU.

Nancy Schiffer, the third Democratic NLRB nominee we’ll consider today, served as associate general counsel for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. She has also worked for the United Auto Workers and served as a staff attorney in the NLRB’s Detroit Regional Office.  Ms. Schiffer received her Bachelor’s from Michigan State University and her law degree from the University of Michigan.

Once we vote on the three Democratic nominees, I expect we will consider the two Republican nominees by consent.

The first Republican nominee, Harry Johnson, is a partner at a Los Angeles law firm and practices labor and employment law.  Mr. Johnson received his Bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and his law degree from Harvard.

The other Republican nominee, Philip Miscimarra, is a partner in a Chicago law firm, where he also practices labor and employment law. Mr. Miscimarra received his Bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University, and his M.B.A and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

These nominees will be responsible for ensuring fair compensation and working conditions for American workers. They are experienced and dedicated public servants, and I have no doubt that they will perform their duties on this crucial board with distinction.

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