(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) voted for Harold Craig Becker to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) at the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Executive Session. Becker passed through the committee by a vote of 13-10 and his confirmation will now go to the full Senate for consideration.

“As workers continue to struggle in these tough economic conditions, it is more important than ever that we fill the empty seats on the NLRB to ensure the board has a quorum and that the rights of workers are protected,” said Senator Patty Murray. “Craig Becker is well qualified to serve on the board and I will continue to advocate for his confirmation as this moves to the Senate floor.”

The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1935 to administer the National Labor Relations Act, the primary law governing relations between unions and employers in the private sector. The statute guarantees the right of employees to organize and to bargain collectively with their employers, and to engage in other protected concerted activity with or without a union, or to refrain from all such activity.

There are currently three empty seats on the five member board, two majority (Democratic) seats and one minority (Republican).  The three pending nominees are: Craig Becker (D), Mark Pearce (D), and Brian Hayes (R)