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Valero Services agrees to rescind its nationwide social media policy

On April 7, 2014, Valero Services, Inc. agreed to rescind its nationwide social media policy and to post and mail a NLRB remedial notice to its employees throughout the country in response to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  Valero Services provides employee leasing services to refineries and plants located throughout the United States, including a refinery located in Port Arthur, Texas.

Keck Hospital of USC agrees to pay $87,939 to employees as a result of unlawful unilateral changes

On March 19, 2014, Keck Hospital of USC, formerly known as USC University Hospital (Employer), agreed to fully remedy the employees affected by its unilateral elimination of an extra shift bonus and a mandatory on-call schedule.

Fort Worth

Welcome to Region 16 of the National Labor Relations Board. We conduct elections, investigate charges of unfair labor practices, and protect the rights of workers to act together, serving the state of Texas from our main office in Fort Worth and resident offices in Houston and San Antonio. If you have questions or wish to file a charge or petition for election, please visit one of our offices or call and ask for the Information Officer on duty. We can arrange to have someone speak with you in the language of your choice.

16 - Houston

Mickey Leland Federal Building
1919 Smith Street
Suite 1545
Houston, TX 77002
Latitude: 29.751726000000
Longitude: -95.373476000000
(713) 209-4888
(713) 209-4890
(713) 209-3056

Martha Kinard

Martha Kinard was appointed Regional Director of the Fort Worth, Texas Regional Office (Region 16) in 2006.  Ms. Kinard began her NLRB career in 1978 as a Field Attorney in the Fort Worth Office and in 1983 was appointed Supervisory Field Attorney.  In 1990, Ms. Kinard was appointed Regional Attorney of the same office.

A native of Colorado City, TX, Ms. Kinard received her Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and her J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1977.

Texas plastic surgery center settles charges of unlawful firings and retaliation

A plastic surgery center in Dallas has agreed to pay more than $300,000 to settle charges that it unlawfully fired two employees and then sued one of them in state court after she sought help from the NLRB's Fort Worth office.

The center, Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery Center, PA, also agreed to drop the state lawsuit, to rescind a rule prohibiting wage discussions by employees, and to cease paying its attorney to unlawfully and coercively represent its employees.  The National Labor Relations Board issued an order on May 29, 2013 approving the terms of the formal settlement.

Board finds Houston engineering firm unlawfully fired employee for discussing salaries with coworkers

The National Labor Relations Board has found that a Texas engineering firm unlawfully fired an employee for discussing salary information with co-workers, and ordered the company to offer reinstatement and to pay back wages for the time out of work.


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