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Acting General Counsel proposes additional regional office restructuring

National Labor Relations Board Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon announced that he is considering a proposal to reorganize four Regional offices as part of an ongoing effort by the Agency to explore ways to restructure its operations in light of new technologies and changing patterns in case intake. 

Under the proposal, the Regional Office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Region 30) would become a Subregion of the Minneapolis, Minnesota Regional Office (Region 18), with the Regional Director located in the Minneapolis office. The Des Moines, Iowa Resident Office would continue to be assigned to Region 18.  The Regional Office in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Region 24) would become a Subregion of the Tampa, Florida Regional Office (Region 12), with the Regional Director located in the Tampa office.  The Miami and Jacksonville, Florida offices would continue to be assigned to Region 12.  No offices will be closed under this proposed reorganization. 

The decision to consider these reorganizations at this time resulted from Region 30 Regional Director Irv Gottschalk’s announced intention to retire on April 3, 2013, and Region 24 Regional Director Marta Figueroa’s announced intention to retire on September 3, 2013.  If a decision is reached to proceed with either of the proposed reorganizations, the effective date of the respective reorganization would occur sometime shortly after the retirement date of the Director in the office that would become a Subregional office.

Acting General Counsel Solomon will thoroughly consider input from Agency staff and from external stakeholders, including practitioners, members of the management-labor relations community, and Members of Congress, before making a final decision whether to present a formal proposal to the Board.  Any permanent structural change would need to be approved by the Board.

The Acting General Counsel is interested in any feedback regarding the proposed restructuring. Comments should be sent to Associate General Counsel Anne Purcell in the Division of Operations-Management at or mailed to her at the National Labor Relations Board; Division of Operations-Management; 1099 14th Street NW; Suite 10206; Washington DC 20570. Comments should be submitted by April 22, 2013.


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