National Labor Relations Board
The National Labor Relations Board is the U.S. federal government agency that deals with labor practices and unionization. The NLRB is "vested with the power to safeguard employees' rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative," and "also acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions," according to its website. The NLRB operates under the legal framework of the National Labor Relations Act.
General Counsel Richard Griffin
Richard F. Griffin, Jr. was appointed to a four-year term as the general counsel of the NLRB by President Barack Obama in November, 2013. He had formerly served as an NLRB board member (2012-2013), as general counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers, and on the board of directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee.
The general counsel "is independent from the Board and is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases and for the general supervision of the NLRB field offices in the processing of cases," according to the NLRB website.
The NLRB's board "primarily acts as a quasi-judicial body in deciding cases on the basis of formal records in administrative proceedings," according to the NLRB website.
As of June 2015:
- Mark Gaston Pearce, Chairman
- Kent Y. Hirozawa
- Philip A. Miscimarra
- Harry I. Johnson, III
- Lauren McFerran
- "While Congress Is on Recess, Bush Fills 12 Panel Positions," Associated Press (apfn.org), December 28, 2003.
- Tom Robbins, "Bush's Other War. At the national labor relations board, the president's appointees change the rules," The Village Voice, October 19, 2004.
- Tom Ichnioski, "Bush Fills NLRB Slot Through Recess Appointment," ENR News Record, January 6, 2006.
- National Labor Relations Board, "What We Do," government website, accessed June 2015.
- National Labor Relations Board, "Richard F. Griffin, Jr.," government website, accessed June 2015.
- National Labor Relations Board, "General Counsel," government website, accessed June 2015.
- National Labor Relations Board, "Board," government website, accessed June 2015.