Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

Who's Who in Labor

Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

Who's Who in Labor

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Since or spring issue, the Senate confirmed President Trump's second nominee for the job of Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta. Despite deep party-line divides that mostly characterize the current Congress, the 60-38 ballot saw several Democrats and Independents joining Republicans to make Acosta the head of the Department of Labor. Acosta was formerly Dean of the Florida International University College ofLaw. He was previously confirmed by the Senate three times: as a Member of the National Labor Relations Board, an Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, and a U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

On April 24, President Trump designated Phillip Miscimarra as Chairman of the NLRB. Miscimarra has served as a Board Member since August 7, 2013. His current term expires on December 16, 2017.

On April 7, after changing the Senate rules to implement the so-called "nuclear option" to make his confirmation subject to a simple majority vote, Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to fill the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia's passing in early 2016. The nominee was confirmed by a 54-45 vote. The mostly party-line vote saw three Democrats crossing the aisle to side with Republicans who favored the nominee, while the remaining Democrats and Independents voted against him.

Judge Gorsuch was appointed by President Bush in 2006 to fill a vacancy on the Tenth Circuit. …

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