President Barack Obama is appointing three of his nominees to the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate is out of town, bypassing lawmakers who've blocked his choices for federal agencies.

Obama is appointing Sharon Block, Terence Flynn and Richard Griffin to the labor board, which has been in the middle of a partisan fight over the role of government in regulating business. The labor board started this year with two members, too few to make decisions or issue rulings.

Union groups, led by the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union, applauded Obama's action and urged the five-member board to make changes that would make it easier for employees to organize a union.

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