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Regional Director

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

A complaint issued today by the National Labor Relations Board alleges that six employees of Jimmy John’s, an Minneapolis area fast food restaurant, were unlawfully disciplined, threatened, and ultimately terminated for engaging in union and other concerted protected activities.

According to the complaint, the six employees were fired on March 22 and 23, 2011, because of their support for the Union, and also because of their concerted protest about Jimmy John’s sick leave policy. Another four employees were given final written warnings for engaging in the same conduct.

An NLRB administrative law judge has found that parts supplier Supply Technologies LLC unlawfully required employees to sign up for a comprehensive grievance and arbitration system that would eliminate their rights under the National Labor Relations Act, and then discharged 20 employees when they refused to do so. 

A Milwaukee job training center has agreed to reinstate two employees who were fired after jointly seeking help for problems with their pay, which is protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act. 

Esperanza Unida, a non-profit center that caters to low-income residents, agreed to the settlement on the opening day of a hearing before an NLRB administrative law judge, April 27. The center will also provide backpay to the two employees amounting to more than $22,000, and will change its overly-broad confidentiality policy. There is no union involved in the workplace.

A settlement agreement approved today by the NLRB sets aside a union’s election loss at Jimmy John's, a chain of fast food restaurants in Minneapolis, and allows for a new election if the union chooses to pursue one. 

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Regional Case Developments

Case Name Case Numbersort descending Case Activity Issuance Date
Gamble-Skogmo, Inc. 18-C-001285 Board Decision 01/23/1948
The Duluth Glass Block Store Co. 18-C-001299 Board Decision 04/01/1948
Russell Kingston 18-C-001317 Board Decision 08/21/1947
Horn Manufacturing Co., Inc. 18-C-001379 Board Decision 06/07/1949
Sioux City Brewing Co. 18-C-001417 Board Decision 04/12/1949
American Oil Company, Mandan Refinery 18-CA 5487 Board Decision 09/22/1978
Hvidsten Transport 18-CA-000014 Board Decision 04/13/1949
Grede Foundries, Inc. 18-CA-000040 Board Decision 04/27/1949
Wilson & Co., Inc. 18-CA-000055 Board Decision 06/30/1953
Pacific Gamble-Robinson Co. 18-CA-000065 Board Decision 02/03/1950

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