Obama seeks new post for ousted labor board member

WASHINGTON (AP) — A National Labor Relations Board member forced out of his post last month as part of the Senate filibuster deal has been nominated to be the board’s general counsel.

The White House announced that President Barack Obama is nominating Richard Griffin to the high-profile post, which investigates and enforces charges of unfair labor practices.

Griffin and another former union lawyer, Sharon Block, had served more than a year as recess appointees on the board. Republicans complained that their appointments were unconstitutional and two federal appeals courts agreed.

Republicans agreed to end stalling tactics over several of Obama’s nominees after the president agreed to withdraw Griffin and Block from consideration for full terms as board members.

Block is going to work as senior counselor to Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

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