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At the end of July, the Senate voted to confirm all five nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, renewing Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce’s term through 2018 and setting the stage for an expected pro-labor advance by filling the remaining seats with two Democrats and two Republicans. The President appointed two pro-labor partisans, Nancy Schiffer, an AFL-CIO associate general counsel and card check proponent, and Kent Hirozawa, an advancing union guard who was chief counsel to Obama holdover chairman Pearce. The President’s appointment of non-objectionable management lawyers Philip Miscimarra and Harry Johnson gives big labor and its anti-business minions a long-awaited upper hand, which they surely wish to wield, ironically, like the proverbial fist inside the velvet glove.

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