By Jake Steinmetz:
On Thursday, May 10th, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman Mark G. Pearce is scheduled to keynote at the “Freedom in the Balance Event” on Buffalo’s east side. The event is being sponsored by Vive, Inc., the United States’ largest refugee shelter
, in an effort to create greater awareness of their organization’s operations and their continued need for support.
Mark Gaston Pearce was named Chairman of the NLRB by President Obama on August 27th, 2011. Pearce–a Buffalo native–was a founding partner of local law firm Creighton, Pearce, Johnsen & Giroux, having practiced union and plaintiff side labor and employment law. Along with serving as a District Trial Specialist in the Buffalo Regional office of the NLRB, Mr. Pearce was appointed by New York’s Governor to serve on several commissions along with the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals. Receiving a Bachelors degree from Cornell University, Pearce went on to attend law school in Buffalo, at the University at Buffalo Law School (SUNY). He has taught at Cornell’s School of Industrial Labor Relations Extension and continues to speak across the country.
He is being hosted by, Vive,
Inc., a privately funded organization that, since its inception, has
provided refugees with both housing services and legal assistance towards
asylum and refugee status in the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1984 by sisters of
the Catholic Dioceses, Vive, Inc. initially operated out of a converted convent
in Lackawanna, but has since relocated to a renovated school building on Buffalo’s
Thursday’s event seeks to shed light on the dramatic impact
that Vive, Inc. continues to make on the lives of countless refugees from
across the world who desperately seek assistance here in Buffalo, following their
Details regarding the “Freedom in the Balance
Event” can be obtained from Vive, Inc.’s Event
More information on Vive, Inc.–including contact
information–can be obtained from their homepage.