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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.

SEEKING VOLUNTARY FIELD EXAMINER INTERNS
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.  

News From the Region

A U.S. District Court Judge has ordered a Chicago bus company to reinstate two drivers who were fired after signing cards in favor of a union election, and to stop questioning employees about their union activities, while a case involving the company moves through the NLRB process.

NLRB Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce and Acting General Counsel Lafe E. Solomon have announced the appointment of Peter Sung Ohr as Regional Director in the Chicago Regional Office (Region 13).  Mr. Ohr will be responsible for the enforcement of the nation’s primary labor law covering private sector employees in Cook, Du Page, Kane, Lake, and Will Counties in Illinois, and Lake County in Indiana.

A National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge ruled on Wednesday that Knauz BMW, a Chicago area car dealership, did not wrongfully terminate an employee for his Facebook postings. However, Judge Joel P. Biblowitz also found that the dealership had an overly broad employee policy, and ordered posting of a notice informing employees of their right to engage in protected concerted activity.

At the request of the National Labor Relations Board, a U.S. District Court has ordered an Illinois gas hauling company to recognize and bargain with the union representing its drivers, even though the original company closed and its operations were transferred to a non-union entity owned and managed by the same people. The injunction, issued July 11 by District Court Judge Robert M. Dow, Jr., also compels the company to restore the union pay and benefits that the drivers lost in the transfer, pending final resolution of the case before the Board.

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Regional Case Developments

Case Name Case Number Case Activity Issuance Datesort ascending
Tinley Park Hotel and Convention Center, LLC 13-CA-141609 Administrative Law Judges Decision 06/16/2015
Village of Northbrook 13-WH-142961 Board Decision 06/11/2015
Lifeway Foods, Inc. 13-RC-113248 Board Decision 06/10/2015
Lifesource 13-CA-091617 Board Decision 06/05/2015
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 13-CA-114222 Administrative Law Judges Decision 06/04/2015
Omni Commercial Lighting, Inc. 13-CA-134425 Administrative Law Judges Decision 05/08/2015
FedEx Freight Inc. 13-RC-147997 Board Decision 05/07/2015
Sweet Specialty Solutions, LLC 13-RC-146414 Order Adopting in the Absence of Exceptions 04/29/2015
DLH Solutions, Inc. 13-RC-135503 Order Adopting in the Absence of Exceptions 04/28/2015
Labriola Baking Company 13-RD-089891 Board Decision 04/17/2015

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