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Contacting Region 18 Staff during Phone System Transition

Region 18 is currently undergoing a transition of our phone system. If you are having difficulty reaching an individual board agent, please try the Region’s main line at
(612) 348-1757 or the Milwaukee Subregional Office at (414) 297-3861.

Welcome to Region 18 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 the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and parts of Iowa from our regional office in Minneapolis, and subregional office in Milwaukee. If you have questions or wish to file a charge or petition for election, please visit one of our offices 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.

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

On April 1, 2015 at 9:00 a.m., Regional Director Marlin Osthus and Officer-in-Charge Benjamin Mandelman will be presenting a summary of the NLRB’s Revised Representation Case Rules and changes to the P&P Committee at the Milwaukee Subregional Office.

On October 7, 2014, Supervisory Attorney Nichole Burgess-Peel will be presenting on collective bargaining and related issues to graduate students at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

On October 29, 2014, Field Attorney Chinyere Ohaeri will be participating in the Legal Expo at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.  Field Attorney Ohaeri will be presenting and answering questions regarding social media in the workplace and protected concerted activity.

On August 25, 2014, Field Examiner Martha Armstrong will be presenting at the inaugural ceremony for Labor Rights Week at the Consulate of Mexico in St. Paul, Minnesota. Field Examiner Armstrong will discuss workers' rights under the NLRA and services offered by the Regional Office. Other speakers at the event will include Theresa Walls, District Director of the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, and Silvia Ontaneda, Consul of Ecuador.

On August 22, 2014, Regional Director Marlin Osthus will be speaking at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Regional Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The Regional Director will provide an update on the NLRB, including Noel Canning, and will discuss other topics such as employee rights to use social media to protest working conditions, employer work rules that violate the NLRA, and Region 18 cases involving bad faith bargaining charges. 

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Regional Case Developments

Case Name Case Numbersort descending Case Activity Issuance Date
Reliance Manufacturing Co. 18-C-001048 Board Decision 02/28/1945
Supersweet Feed Co., Inc. 18-C-001069 Board Decision 06/04/1945
Barlow-Maney Laboratories, Inc. 18-C-001071 Board Decision 02/11/1946
General Finance Corp. 18-C-001072 Board Decision 03/28/1946
Parkers Prairie Cooperative Creamery Association 18-C-001084 Board Decision 06/22/1945
Fairmont Creamery Co. 18-C-001085 Board Decision 11/15/1945
H. J. Daniels Poultry Co. 18-C-001092 Board Decision 01/31/1946
The Cliffs Dow Chemical Co. 18-C-001104 Board Decision 12/18/1945
Litchfield Manufacturing Co. 18-C-001114 Board Decision 08/27/1945
Winona Knitting Mills, Inc. 18-C-001134 Board Decision 04/03/1946

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