Updated: 07/23/2013 1:37 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda
Photo: KSTP File Photo
President Barack Obama's latest nominees for the National Labor Relations Board are seeking to assure senators they can be fair and impartial in referring business-labor disputes, despite backgrounds that include advocating for unions.
Nancy Schiffer and Kent Hirozawa commented at a hearing Tuesday. The two were nominated last week as part of a deal in which Republicans agreed to end delaying tactics that blocked some of Obama's appointments.
Schiffer is a former associate general counsel to the AFL-CIO and Hirozawa is chief counsel to the NLRB's chairman.
The two nominees would replace Richard Griffin and Sharon Block, who spent more than a year on the board as recess appointees. A fight over recess appointments to the agency helped set off the Senate showdown earlier this month over filibusters.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)