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Letter to the Senate on National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Nominees

July 30, 2013

Dear Senator: 

On behalf of the more than three million members of the National Education Association, we urge you to VOTE YES this week to confirm these nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB):  

  • Mark Gaston Pearce, a member of the NLRB since 2010 and its chairman since 2011. Previously in private practice and a trial specialist in the Buffalo regional office of the NLRB, he is a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Pearce earned his bachelor’s degree at Cornell University and his J.D. at the University at Buffalo Law School of the State University of New York.
  • Nancy Jean Schiffer, who recently retired as Associate General Counsel for the AFL-CIO. She started her career in the Detroit regional office of the NLRB and worked in the legal department of the United Auto Workers for over ten years. Schiffer earned her B.A. at Michigan State University and her J.D. at the University of Michigan.
  • Kent Yoshiho Hirozawa, chief counsel to the current NLRB chairman, Mark Gaston Pearce. Previously, Hirozawa worked as a labor-side attorney at a private law firm and as a field attorney for Region 2 of the NLRB. He earned his B.A. at Yale University and his J.D. at New York University Law School.  

The NLRB ensures the legal rights of workers, including educators, to fight for better working conditions and the means to provide for their families. Unwarranted delays in confirming the President’s nominees have virtually shut down the agency. As a result, educators and other workers are being denied final, enforceable orders when they are illegally fired, retaliated against, or denied the right to bargain with their employers.  

We urge you to join us in protecting workers’ legal rights by expeditiously confirming the nominations of Mr. Pearce, Ms. Schiffer, and Mr. Hirozawa to the NLRB this week.   


Mary Kusler
Director, Government Relations