President Obama Makes Recess Appointments to NLRB

President Obama will make recess appointments of three nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, restoring a quorum of the five-seat board that was lost with the departure of Member Craig Becker. 

To avoid a likely filibuster by Senate Republicans, the President will use recess appointments to install Sharon Block, Richard Griffin, and Terence Flynn as NLRB members. Block and Griffin are Democrats, while Flynn is a Republican.

A key role of the Board is to supervise union elections and referee disputes between private-sector employers and employees. Without a quorum, the Board cannot rule on cases or create major new regulations. With these appointments, the Board will operate with all five members for the first time since August 2010.
The President’s announcement of the NLRB appointments came hours after he said he will make a recess appointment of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. President Obama said in a statement, “The American people deserve to have qualified public servants fighting for them every day—whether it is to enforce new consumer protections or uphold the rights of working Americans.”