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National Labor Relations Board

1015 Half Street SE., Washington, DC 20570

TDD, 202-273-4300


CHAIRPhilip A. Miscimarra

MemberMarvin E. Kaplan
MemberLauren McFerran
MemberMark G. Pearce
GENERAL COUNSELRichard F. Griffin, Jr.
Deputy General CounselJennifer Abruzzo

Associate General Counsel, Division of AdviceJayme Sophir
Associate General Counsel, Division of Enforcement LitigationJohn H. Ferguson
Associate General Counsel, Division of Legal CounselBarbara O'Neill
Associate General Counsel, Division of Operations-ManagementAnne G. Purcell

Chief Financial OfficerMehul Parekh
Chief Information OfficerPrem Aburvasamy
Chief Judge, Division of JudgesRobert A. Giannasi

Director, Division of AdministrationLasharn Hamilton
Director, Office of Congressional and Public AffairsCarmen Spell
Director, Office of Equal Employment OpportunityBrenda V. Harris
Director, Office of Representation Appeals(vacancy)

Executive SecretaryGary W. Shinners
Inspector GeneralDavid P. Berry

The National Labor Relations Board remedies unfair labor practices and safeguards employees' rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative.

Organizational Chart

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent agency created by Congress to administer the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 (Wagner Act; 29 U.S.C. 167). The Board is authorized to designate appropriate units for collective bargaining and to conduct secret ballot elections to determine whether employees desire representation by a labor organization.


In addition to preventing and remedying unfair labor practices, the NLRB conducts secret ballot elections among employees in appropriate collective-bargaining units to determine whether or not they desire to be represented by a labor organization in bargaining with employers over wages, hours, and working conditions. It also conducts secret ballot elections among employees who have been covered by a union-security agreement to determine whether or not they wish to revoke their union's authority to make such agreements. In jurisdictional disputes between two or more unions, the Board determines which competing group of workers is entitled to perform the work involved.

The regional directors and their staffs process representation, unfair labor practice, and jurisdictional dispute cases. They issue complaints in unfair labor practice cases, seek settlement of unfair labor practice charges, obtain compliance with Board orders and court judgments, and petition district courts for injunctions to prevent or remedy unfair labor practices. The regional directors conduct hearings in representation cases, hold elections pursuant to the agreement of the parties or the decisionmaking authority delegated to them by the Board or pursuant to Board directions, and issue certifications of representatives when unions win or certify the results when they lose employee elections. The regional directors process petitions for bargaining unit clarification, for amendment of certification, and for rescission of a labor organization's authority to make a union-shop agreement. They also conduct national emergency employee referendums.

Administrative law judges conduct hearings in unfair labor practice cases, make findings of fact and conclusions of law, and recommend remedies for violations found. Their decisions can be appealed to the Board for a final agency determination. The Board's decisions are subject to review in the U.S. courts of appeals.

Sources of Information

Business Opportunities

Information is available online to assist businesses that seek to sell their products and services to the NLRB. Information is also available from the agency's Acquisitions Management Branch. Phone, 202-273-4047.

Electronic Filing

Parties or other persons may use the e-filing program to file selected documents in unfair labor practice and representation cases with the NLRB's Office of Executive Secretary, the Division of Judges, the General Counsel's Office of Appeals, and regional, subregional, and resident offices.

Electronic Mail Subscriptions

The NLRB uses email subscriptions to disseminate various types of information: administrative law judge decisions, appellate court branch briefs and motions, board decisions, general counsel memos, news releases, operations-management memos, personnel announcements, regional election decisions, regional news, social media feeds, and a weekly summary of decisions.


The Board appoints administrative law judges from a register established by the Office of Personnel Management. The Agency hires attorneys for all its offices, field examiners for its field offices, and administrative personnel for its Washington and field offices.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The NLRB makes available instructions online for submitting FOIA requests. Descriptions of the record types that the NLRB maintains and links to records that are accessible elsewhere on the Internet are also available on the NLRB Web site.

An e-FOIA request form is available on the NLRB Web site.

Inspector General Hotline

Violations of laws and regulations relating to NLRB programs may be reported to the Inspector General by email or phone or by using the online form. Phone, 800-736-2983. | Email:


At its Washington, DC, headquarters and its field offices, the NLRB offers opportunities, internships and student positions, for law and nonlegal students.

Open Government

The NLRB supports the Open Government initiative by incorporating the principles of collaboration, participation, and transparency in its plans for agency information and systems.


Case documents and agency publications are available on the NLRB's Web site. Or, visit the NLRB's headquarters in Washington, DC, or one of its field offices to inspect case documents and read agency publications. NLRB offices offer free informational leaflets in limited quantities.

Regional Offices

Contact information for NLRB regional, subregional, and resident offices is available on the "Regional Offices" Web pages.

Site Map

NLRB Web site visitors may use the site map to look for specific topics or to browse for content that aligns with their interests.


To provide a better understanding of the National Labor Relations Act and NLRB policies, procedures, and services, NLRB experts are available to speak before labor and civic organizations, educational institutions, management organizations, bar associations, and other similar groups. Requests for speakers or panelists may be made online by using the online request form. | Email:

For further information, contact the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, National Labor Relations Board, 1015 Half Street SE., Washington, DC 20570. Phone, 202-273-1991.