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President Submits Nominations to Fill NLRB General Counsel and Board Member Vacancies

January 20, 2011
On January 5, Pres. Obama nominated Democrat Lafe Solomon to be general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board and Republican Terence Flynn to be a member of the Board.  The nominations have been sent to the Senate for confirmation. Solomon has been serving as acting general counsel since the previous general counsel, a Republican appointed by Pres. G. W. Bush, resigned last June.  He is a long-time, career attorney with the Board.   While some of his recent actions – such as an initiative to strengthen penalties against employers that commit unfair labor practices – have raised concerns in the business community, he is believed to be an acceptable candidate as compared to other individuals reportedly considered for appointment. Flynn currently serves as chief counsel to Board Member Brian Hayes, the only Republican currently serving on the Board.  Prior to that, he served as chief counsel to Republican Member Peter Schaumber and as a labor lawyer in private practice.  He is believed to be a good candidate by AGC and others in the business community.  His appointment, if confirmed, will bring the Board back to a full complement of five members.  The Board has been operating with only four members since Schaumber’s term expired in August. For more information, contact Denise Gold, Associate General Counsel, at (703) 837-5326 or goldd@agc.org.
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