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Remembering Bob Battista, Former Chairman of the NLRB

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With great sorrow, we acknowledge the passing of our former colleague, Robert (Bob) Battista.

Chairman Battista enjoyed a long and illustrious career in labor law, and served in many roles throughout his career that reflected his commitment to public service. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Labor Relations Board and served as Chairman from 2002-2007.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Bob’s death,” said Chairman Lauren McFerran. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family. His legacy of service to the Agency will always be remembered.”

Bob is survived by his wife, children, granddaughter, and mother-in-law. His obituary can be viewed here:

Established in 1935, the National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency that protects employees from unfair labor practices and protects the right of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve wages, benefits and working conditions. The NLRB conducts hundreds of workplace elections and investigates thousands of unfair labor practice charges each year.