Peter N. Kirsanow

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Peter N. Kirsanow was nominated February 10, 2006, by President George W. Bush to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board. Kirsanow would replace Ronald E. Meisburg. Kirsanow was appointed to the Board on January 4, 2006, by President Bush in a recess appointment.

Previously, Kirsanow was nominated for Board on November 16, 2005, by President Bush. His nomination was sent to the Senate on November 16, 2005, but he was not confirmed.

Appointment protest

Senators Harry Reid and Edward M. Kennedy and AFL-CIO President John Sweeney "all expressed disappointment with Bush's recess appointment of Peter Kirsanow to the National Labor Relations Board, citing his record as a member" of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. "'He is an ardent foe of basic worker protections, including the minimum wage and basic worker protections, including the minimum wage and prevailing wage laws, and is a vehement opponent of affirmative action,' Kennedy said." [1]


According to his U.S. Commission on Civil Rights profile, Peter N. Kirsanow, "affiliation Republican," is "a partner with the law firm Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan, and Aronoff LLP in the Labor and Employment Practice Group. He focuses his practice on representing management in employment-related litigation as well as in contract negotiations, NLRB proceedings, EEO matters, and arbitration. He frequently testifies before and advises members of the U.S. Congress on various employment laws and issues. Mr. Kirsanow formerly served as senior labor counsel of Leaseway Transportation Corp. and labor counsel for the city of Cleveland. He has extensive experience in public sector employment matters as well as in industries such as heavy manufacturing, trucking, health care, radio and television, and employee leasing. Mr. Kirsanow is chair of the board of directors of the Center for New Black Leadership and is on the advisory board of the National Center for Public Policy Research. He received his B.A. in 1976 from Cornell University and his J.D. with honors in 1979 from Cleveland State University, where he served as articles editor of the Cleveland State Law Review."


  • Long-time member of the "African-American leadership group" Project 21 - "a program of the National Center for Public Policy Research." [2][3]
  • "Earlier in his career, Mr. Kirsanow practiced law with Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP." [4]

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