Washington, D.C. – National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce and General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr. have named Kathy Drew King the new Regional Director for the Agency’s Region 29 Office in Brooklyn, NY. The Region 29 Office is responsible for conducting elections, investigating unfair labor practice charges, and protecting the right of workers to act collectively to improve their wages and working conditions throughout the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
With nearly 25 years of service to the National Labor Relations Board, Kathy Drew King most recently served as the Regional Attorney in the Brooklyn Regional Office. She succeeds James G. Paulsen who is retiring from the Agency.
A native of Washington, D.C., Ms. King received both her B.A. in economics and J.D. from Howard University in 1979 and 1982 respectively. She began her career as an attorney at the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board where she served from 1983 to 1991. Ms. King also worked as the Associate Executive Counsel at the U.S. Department of Labor, Benefits Review Board from 1991 to 1992 when she joined the NLRB. She rose from Senior Field Attorney to Supervisory Attorney in 2012. Ms. King later was promoted to her prior position of Regional Attorney 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.