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HELP Committee Approves NLRB Nominee Sharon Block

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement after the HELP Committee approved the nomination of Sharon Block to serve as Member of the National Labor Relations Board with bipartisan support.

“Today, the HELP Committee took action to approve the nomination of Sharon Block to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board.” Harkin said. “A strong economy starts with fair wages, good benefits, and safe working conditions, and a fully-functional NLRB plays a critical role in helping American workers achieve that. Sharon Block is an exceptionally well-qualified nominee and I look forward to her consideration by the full Senate for this important role.”

Sharon Block began her career representing employers in labor and employment matters at the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson. She then became a career attorney at the NLRB, where she served for more than 10 years. She has also spent time in senior roles at the Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Her vast experience in labor and employment law includes working for officials on both sides of the aisle. In addition to working as a staffer for Chairman Kennedy on the Senate HELP Committee and for Secretary Perez at the Department of Labor, she served as counsel to Republican Equal Employment Opportunity Commission General Counsel Ron Cooper, and served on the staff of former Republican NLRB Chairman Robert Battista.