National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce and General Counsel Richard F. Griffin announced the appointment of John J. Walsh, Jr. as Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board's Region 1 with offices in Boston, MA and Hartford, CT.
A career NLRB employee, Mr. Walsh had been serving as the Assistant to the Regional Director in Region 22, Newark and before that as the Assistant to the Regional Director in 29, Brooklyn. He succeeds Jonathan B. Kreisberg, who retired from the Agency earlier this year. In his new position, Mr. Walsh will be responsible for enforcement of one of the nation’s primary labor laws covering private sector and U.S. Postal Service employees in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire Connecticut, Rhode Island and parts of Vermont.
A native of Medford, Massachusetts, Mr. Walsh graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University in 1979. He began his career at the NLRB's Brooklyn Regional Office in 1978, as a cooperative education student. Mr. Walsh converted to the Field Examiner position in 1979. He was promoted to Supervisory Field Examiner in 1990 and Assistant to the Regional Director in 1996 in Brooklyn and as the Assistant to the Regional Director in Newark in 2014.
The NLRB is an independent federal agency enforcing the National Labor Relations Act, which guarantees the right of most private sector employees to organize, to engage in group efforts to improve their wages and working conditions, to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative, to engage in collective bargaining, and to refrain from any of these activities. It acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions.