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Schiffer; Hirozawa seen as new NLRB nominees

Alan Fram, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic officials say two veteran labor lawyers will be President Barack Obama's new picks to serve on the National Labor Relations Board as part of an agreement to win confirmation for several of his stalled appointees.

These officials said Tuesday that Obama intends to nominate Nancy Schiffer, who retired last year as an associate general counsel at the AFL-CIO, and Kent Hirozawa, currently the chief counsel to the NLRB's chairman.

The two would replace Richard Griffin and Sharon Block, whom Obama appointed in late 2011, and then installed on recess appointments that bypassed the Senate. The appointments have been ruled invalid by an appeals court.

The officials who disclosed the developments did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not free to speak about the events by name.