National Labor Relations Board



1099 Fourteenth Street NW., Washington, DC 20570

Phone, 202-273-1000. TDD, 202-273-4300. Internet,

Chairman Robert J. Battista

Members Wilma B. Liebman, Peter C. Schaumber, (2 vacancies)

Executive Secretary Lester A. Heltzer

Solicitor Hank Breiteneicher, Acting

Inspector General Jane E. Altenhofen

Representation Appeals Lafe E. Solomon

Associate Director, Division of Information Patricia M. Gilbert

Chief Administrative Law Judge Robert A. Giannasi

Chief, Information Technology Richard Westfield

General Counsel Ronald Meisburg

Director, Equal Employment Opportunity Robert J. Poindexter

Associate General Counsel, Division of Richard A. Siegel


Associate General Counsel, Division of Advice Barry J. Kearney

Associate General Counsel, Division of John H. Ferguson

Enforcement Litigation

Director, Division of Administration Gloria J. Joseph


The National Labor Relations Board is vested with the power to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions and to safeguard employees' rights to organize and determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative.


The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent agency created by 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.


NLRB has two principal functions: preventing and remedying unfair labor practices by employers and labor organizations or their agents, and conducting 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 about their wages, hours, and working conditions. The agency 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 direct hearings in representation cases; conduct elections pursuant to the agreement of the parties or the decision-making 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 unions lose employee elections. They process petitions for bargaining unit clarification, for...

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