In another move demonstrating the Obama Administration's commitment to organized labor, President Obama designated Wilma B. Liebman to be the chairperson of the National Labor Relations Board last week. Liebman, a Democratic member of the board since 1997, replaces former Chairman Peter Schaumber, who assumed the role as chairman only 10 months ago. Liebman is a former attorney for the Teamsters and Bricklayer & Allied Craftsmen unions.
The board, which is typically comprised of five members, currently consists only of Chairwoman Liebman and Member Schaumber. The three vacancies allow President Obama to establish a Democratic majority on the board, a development which will be instrumental to the Democrats' anticipated pro-labor initiatives.