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NLRB picks pledge fairness, despite union history

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s latest nominees for the National Labor Relations Board are seeking to assure senators they can be fair and impartial in referring business-labor disputes, despite backgrounds that include advocating for unions.

Nancy Schiffer and Kdent Hirozawa commented at a hearing Tuesday. The two were nominated last week as part of a deal in which Republicans agreed to end delaying tactics that blocked some of Obama’s appointments.

Schiffer is a former associate general counsel to the AFL-CIO and Hirozawa is chief counsel to the NLRB’s chairman.

The two nominees would replace Richard Griffin and Sharon Block, who spent more than a year on the board as recess appointees. A fight over recess appointments to the agency helped set off the Senate showdown earlier this month over filibusters.