Today, President Obama made three “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.
- Sharon Block (Democrat, Labor Department official)
- Richard Griffin (Democrat, union lawyer)
- Terence Flynn (Republican, NLRB lawyer)
Bios of each appointee can be found in the President’s press release here.
As of yesterday, the NLRB had no quorum following the expiration of Democrat Craig Becker’s term. Without a quorum, the NLRB is unable to rule on cases or issue new regulations.
Republicans and business groups are certain to attack the appointments as improper. One argument will likely be that “recess” appointments aren’t appropriate because Congress isn’t in recess (it’s conducting pro forma sessions at the moment).