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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.


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.

The NLRB's statement of organization was published on June 14, 1979, in the Federal Register (44 FR 34215).

The NLRB posts its organization chart online.


Statutory material that affects the NLRB has been codified in the United States Code (U.S.C.) and assigned to the subchapter on national labor relations in Chapter 7 of 29 U.S.C. Chapter 7 has the title "Labor-Management Relations" and runs from section 141 to section 197. The subchapter on national labor relations runs from section 151 to section 169.

Rules and regulations that are associated with the NLRB have been codified and assigned to Chapter I, parts 100–199, of 29 CFR.


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

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that NLRB records have been assigned to record group 025.

Business Opportunities

Businessmen and women who seek to sell products and services to the NLRB can find information on procurement procedures and policies that are generally applicable to NLRB purchasing practices. The NLRB has posted an electronic document that describes the types of items purchased, who procures them, and where they are purchased. The document also includes information that is relevant for small, disadvantaged, service-disabled veteran-owned businesses, and women-owned businesses.

Career Opportunities

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

In 2020, the NLRB ranked 24th among 25 midsize Government agencies in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

Cases / Decisions / Digests

The "Cases and Decisions" web page offers convenient access to cases, decisions, and digests of cases. The NLRB is also developing a list of special cases for organizations that are of interest to the public. Organizations will be added or removed as circumstances warrant. At the moment, the list starts with Bridgewater Associates and ends with Yale University.

The weekly summary of decisions is a digest of decisions that the NLRB issues each week. The summary includes short descriptions of the issues and facts of the cases and links to the decisions. It also has a list of case names and links to decisions by NLRB Administrative Law Judges and to decisions by appellate courts that involve NLRB cases.

Contact Information

The "Contact Us" web page includes links to the NLRB's headquarters, judges division, and regional office directories and to FOIA, Inspector General, and media sections for inquiries. | Email:

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.

Employees' Rights

The "What's the Law?" web page provides information on rights during union organizing; the right to form a union and the right to refrain; strikes, pickets, and protests; concerted activity; social media; enforcing employees' rights; hiring halls and union dues; and the right to fair representation.


A Spanish version of the NLRB website is available for Spanish speakers.


Factsheets on significant cases, on issues pending before the NLRB, and on initiatives undertaken by the General Counsel are posted online.

Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the NLRB recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

To any person, the FOIA gives a statutory right for obtaining access to Government information in the records of executive branch agencies. This right to access is limited, however, when the requested information is shielded from disclosure by any of nine exemptions contained within the statute.

The NLRB posts materials that are frequently requested or are of general interest to the public. The FOIA requires agencies to be proactive and make available to the public nonexempt information from certain record categories. These categories include final agency opinions and orders that have been rendered in the adjudication of cases; specific policy statements that are not published in the Federal Register; administrative staff manuals and instructions to staff that affect a member of the public; and frequently requested records or records that are likely to become the subject of subsequent requests. Before submitting a FOIA request, an information seeker should visit the NLRB's FOIA electronic library to ensure that the desired information is not already accessible online and free of charge.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The NLRB posts answers to FAQs on its website.


In a time of economic hardship and widespread labor unrest, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the National Labor Board (NLB). With limited power, the NLB managed to settle over 1,000 strikes and avert nearly 500 additional ones by the time that its authority expired in June of 1934. These events are the background from which the NLRB emerged as part of a new national labor policy trend that began with Senator Robert F. Wagner's National Labor Relations Act of 1935. To learn more about this important chapter of U.S. labor history, visit the NLRB's "Our History" web page.


The NLRB posts announcements and news on its website.

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.


NLRB publications are available online.

Recent Charges / Petitions Filings

The NLRB maintains a database of recent charges and petition filings on its website.

Regional Offices

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

Request a Speaker

A centralized speakers' bureau schedules requests for NLRB representatives to give presentations on agency activities and programs.

Right To Strike

Sections 7, 8, and 13 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) address issues that protect and limit employees' right to strike. “Employees shall have the right . . . to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection"—strikes are included among "concerted activities" that the NLRA protects for employees. More statutory information is available on the "The Right To Strike" web page.

Site Map

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

Social Media

The NLRB has a Facebook page.

The NLRB tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.