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About NLRB

About NLRB

Who We Are

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent federal agency created in 1935 and vested with the power to safeguard employees’ rights to organize, engage with one another to seek better working conditions, choose whether or not to have a collective bargaining representative negotiate on their behalf with their employer, or refrain from doing so. The NLRB also acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions, as well as conducts secret-ballot elections regarding union representation. The NLRB is a bifurcated agency governed on one side by a five-person Board and on the other side by a General Counsel. Board Members and the General Counsel are appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate. The responsibilities and functions of the Agency under the 1935 National Labor Relations Act, as amended, are carried out by the National Labor Relations Board and its General Counsel, who, in addition to independent authority under the statute, exercises other authority by delegation from the Board.

The Board

The Board has five Members and primarily acts as a quasi-judicial body in deciding cases on the basis of formal records in administrative proceedings. Board Members are appointed by the President to 5-year terms, with Senate consent, the term of one Member expiring each year.

Division of Judges

The NLRB's Administrative Law Judges docket, hear, settle and decide unfair labor practice cases nationwide, operating through offices in Washington, New York, and San Francisco.

General Counsel

The General Counsel, appointed by the President to a 4-year term, 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.

Inspector General

Learn more about the Office of the Inspector General

Our History

The National Labor Relations Board is proud of its history of enforcing the National Labor Relations Act. Starting in the Great Depression and continuing through World War II and the economic growth and challenges that followed, the NLRB has worked to guarantee the rights of employees to bargain collectively, if they choose to do so. Leadership

Organization Chart

NLRB Organization Chart


Introduction This information has been prepared to assist businesses that are interested in selling their products and services to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  This information sheet describes procurement procedures and policies generally applicable to buying conducted by NLRB. This document explains in broad terms the types of items purchased, who procures them and where they are purchased. Information specifically directed to small, disadvantaged, service disabled veteran-owned small businesses, and women-owned businesses is also included.