Today, Tuesday, the U.S. Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee will interview two candidates for openings on the National Labor Relations Board. On Wednesday, the committee is set to vote on them, and will likely recommend them for a confirmation vote in the Senate.
If Kent Yoshiho Hirozawa and Nancy Jean Schiffer win the committee's approval, they will join three other nominees, current NLRB Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce, attorney Harry I. Johnson, III, and attorney Philip A. Miscimarra for consideration by the full Senate. A vote could come as early as this week, part of the deal struck by leaders to avoid the "nuclear option" end of the filibuster.
If it does, it will be the first time in years that the National Labor Relations Board has a full panel.
Miscimarra has local connections. He earned two degrees at the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in business and a law degree. He has been a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School since 1997. Miscimarra is a partner in the Labor and Employment Group of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and is based in Chicago. He and Johnson are the Republican lawyers on the five-member panel.
The Democrats are represented by Pearce, Hirozawa and Schiffer. Hirozawa is Pearce's chief counsel and Nancy Schiffer was associate general counsel to the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation. On a personal note: I've interviewed Schiffer many times for stories and she's always been forthcoming and knowledgeable.