On Monday, the National Labor Relations Board reached its full five-member strength for the first time in years.

The Senate confirmed Brian Hayes and Mark Pearce in a package of nominees via unanimous consent. Pearce, a Buffalo, N.Y., Democratic lawyer who practices labor law, had been serving on the board as a recess appointment. Hayes, the Republican labor policy director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, was still waiting on his confirmation vote until Tuesday.

President Barack Obama originally nominated both men in 2009. With Hayes now on the board, it will be operating at full strength for the first time since December 2007. 

Nonetheless, Obama will have to pick a new nominee for the board relatively soon. The other Republican member, Peter Schaumber, sees his term expire in August. 

The labor board attracted national attention earlier this year when the nomination of Craig Becker, a union lawyer, was blocked in the Senate. Becker was later recess-appointed by Obama in March.