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Welcome to Region 13 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 parts of Illinois and Indiana from our office in downtown Chicago. If you have questions or wish to file a charge or petition for election, please visit our office 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. We are also happy to provide speakers and materials to promote a greater understanding of the National Labor Relations Act.

Check out the NLRB Region 13 Facebook page for the latest information on complaints, as well as ALJ and Regional Director decisions, from cases in the Chicago Regional Office.


This Regional Office participates in the NLRB’s Volunteer Field Examiners Program for undergraduate and graduate students.  The Volunteer FX interns assist in conducting unfair labor practice investigations, arranging representation elections, conducting elections and performing basic legal research. Volunteer Interns will work directly with agents and report to a supervisor who will guide them in handling case work and investigations. Interns may be briefed by senior officials from throughout the Region and Agency about the NLRB and the NLRA. Interns will be asked to produce written work products summarizing the results of investigations along with recommendations.  The Agency will work closely with participating schools to ensure class credit where permitted or desired and will provide on-the-job training as well as training on the NLRB through live and video presentations of the Agency’s Summer Intern Program and regularly scheduled Board Agent training.  Please click on the following link: Student Positions - Pathways and volunteer for more information.  

Regional Director
Angie Cowan Hamada

Regional Attorney
Paul Hitterman

Assistant to the Regional Director
Daniel N Nelson

Administrative Officer
Catherine Jones

Office Manager
Nakisha Skinner

Regional News

On July 11, 2022, U.S. District Court Judge Philip P. Simon, of the Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division granted Region 13’s petition for Section 10(j) injunctive relief against List Industries (“List”)—a distribution center for…

Today, General Counsel Jennifer A. Abruzzo announced the appointment of Angie Cowan Hamada to serve as the Regional Director for the Agency’s Region 13 office. With a Regional Office in Chicago, Illinois, Region 13 is responsible for conducting elections, investigating unfair labor practice…

Chicago, IL—On January 18, 2022, Region 13-Chicago of the National Labor Relations Board finalized a settlement providing backpay, consequential damages, letters of apologies, and a remedial notice reading to workers at American Backflow & Fire Prevention, Inc. in Wauconda, Illinois who were…

In a decision issued on June 23, 2021, Administrative Law Judge Arthur J. Amchan found that Zacatacos, Incorporated, a Chicago-area chain of restaurants,…

Regional Case Developments

Case Name Case Number Case Activity Date Issued sort ascending
American Backflow & Fire Prevention, Inc. 13-CA-288185 Board Decision 06/25/2024
Starbucks Corporation 13-CA-316407 Administrative Law Judges Decision 06/14/2024
Atlantic American Fire Protection Company, Inc. 13-CA-309518 Administrative Law Judges Decision 05/09/2024
Starbucks Corporation 13-CA-297565 Administrative Law Judges Decision 02/09/2024
Astound Broadband 13-RC-274653 Board Decision 01/22/2024
Universal Intermodal Services, Inc. 13-RC-317558 Board Decision 12/22/2023
Laborforce, LLC 13-UC-322354 Board Decision 12/13/2023
Atomic Fire Protection, LLC 13-CA-305638 Administrative Law Judges Decision 12/11/2023
ECS Roofing Professionals, Inc. 13-CA-301694 Board Decision 11/08/2023
American Bottling Company 13-CA-320094 Administrative Law Judges Decision 09/29/2023