This morning, the Senate confirmed Republican Brian Hayes and Democrat Mark Pearce to serve as Members of the National Labor Relations Board. Mark Pearce was serving a recess appointment made in March, 2010 to restore the NLRB’s quorum after 2+ years with only two sitting Members on the Board. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that the NLRB did not have authority to issue approximately 600 decisions with only two sitting Members.
This morning’s confirmations restore the Board to its full five-Member complement for the first time since late 2007. It remains to be seen whether Member Becker, who received a recess appointment at the same time as Member Pearce, will be confirmed by the Senate. Member Schaumber’s term expires in August and as of this date there has been no public announcement about whether he will serve another term.
The current Board Members and their respective terms are:
Member Schaumber (August 2010)
- Chairman Liebman (August 2011)
- Member Hayes (December 2012)
- Member Pearce (August 2013)
- Member Becker (serving a recess appointment expiring at the end of 2011).
Update: Member Schaumber issued a statement on June 22 on the Supreme Court’s decision in New Process Steel v. NLRB and the problem of chronic vacancies on the Board.
Update: Brian Hayes was just sworn in.