About National Labor Relations Board

Boss not treating you right? See the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The agency investigates and rectifies unfair labor practices by employers and unions; it also conducts elections to see if employees want union representation and helps determine which union is the most appropriate. Congress created the NLRB as an independent agency in 1935 to administer the National Labor Relations Act. The act covers relationships between private sector unions and employers involved in interstate commerce except airlines, railroads, the government, and agriculture. The NLRB acts through about 30 regional offices throughout the country. Its annual budget is about $260 million.

Each year the NLRB focuses on three main goals. It attempts to close 85% of all its representation cases within 100 days (it came extremely close to this target in 2011, closing 84.7%). It also strives to close around 70% of all its unfair labor practice cases within 120 days (it closed 72.5% in 2011) and finish 80% of its meritorious unfair labor practice cases within 365 days (83% of these were closed in 2011).

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National Labor Relations Board

1015 Half St Se
Washington, DC 20003-3654
Phone: 1 (202) 273-3884
Fax: 1 (202) 273-2906


  • Employer Type: Government Agency
  • Attorney: Jeffrey Horowitz
  • Attorney: Matthew Murtagh
  • Associate Cio, Program Management Office: Tina Patrick

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC