NLRB Considers Office Consolidations

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The National Labor Relations Board is considering a program that would consolidate regional offices in St. Louis, Mo. (Region 14) and Kansas City, Kan. (Region 17).

The pilot would also move the office in Peoria, Ill., from the jurisdiction of the St. Louis office to that of the regional office in Indianapolis, In. (Region 25).

No offices would be closed in the plan under consideration, but staff in the consolidated region would report to a single regional director.

Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon will consider input from agency staff, and external stakeholders, including practitioners, members of the management-labor relations community, and members of Congress, before deciding whether to proceed with the program.

The pilot program would allow the NLRB to gather information and sort out questions concerning internal management and case processing. Any permanent structural change would need to move through the federal rulemaking process.

A final decision is expected in early April regarding this pilot program, as well as a pilot program related to the previously announced potential consolidation of Regions 10 and 11 (Atlanta and Winston-Salem, NC).

The proposals are part of an ongoing effort by the agency to explore ways to restructure in light of new technologies and changing patterns in case intake.

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