Friday, January 23, 2009

Wilma Liebman is New Head of NLRB

President Obama picks Liebman as Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. Some labor experts and others speculate she is a proponent of Card Check. For some insight into her views, you can read Labor Law Inside Out, an article she published in Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society (Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2008). You can also see her here.

On January 20, 2009, President Barack Obama designated Wilma B. Liebman, a Member of the National Labor Relations Board, as Chairman.

Chairman Liebman has served on the Board since November 14, 1997. First appointed by President Clinton, she is now serving her third term, which will expire on August 27, 2011.

In a statement, Chairman Liebman said:

I am honored by President Obama's designation to serve as Chairman, and I look
forward to continuing my service on the Board with my colleague, Peter Schaumber, and ultimately with a full complement of Board Members.

I wish to thank Member Schaumber for his own outstanding service as
Chairman. His leadership and collegiality, coupled with the efforts of dedicated
agency staff, have enabled the Board to operate productively this past
The Board's work matters, just as it did when the National Labor Relations Act was passed in 1935. Democracy in the workplace is still basic to a democratic society, and collective bargaining is still basic to a fair economy. The statute we administer is the foundation of America's commitment to human rights recognized around the world.

Before joining the Board, Chairman Liebman served from 1994 to 1997 at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, first as Special Assistant to the Director and then as Deputy Director. She began her legal career as an NLRB staff attorney in 1974, then served on the legal staff of two labor unions: the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (1980-1989) and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen (1990-1993).

A native of Philadelphia, Chairman Liebman holds a B.A. from Barnard College and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law Center.

SOURCE National Labor Relations Board
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