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News update on NLRB General Counsel
Hot off the presses! The NLRB just released the news that Peter Sung Ohr has been appointed General Counsel to replace Peter Robb. It’s clear that the Biden administration’s strategy is to deny the pro-business forces at the NLRB the opportunity to make continued changes during the last ten months of Peter Robb’s term. Peter Sung Ohr will serve out the term and can be expected to be even handed. Actually, we know Mr. Ohr quite well because he has been the long-time Regional Director in Chicago. Our firm has had many dealings with him, and we have nothing but the highest regard for him. He is very bright and at least from our view, even handed. In fact, we have been pleasantly surprised on many occasions on close calls where the Regional Director has huge discretion in cases, and he went our way. It will be interesting to observe what happens as he fills out the unexpired term. Below is the NLRB’s press release.
Peter Sung Ohr Named Acting General Counsel
Office of Public Affairs
January 25, 2021
Washington DC – President Joseph R. Biden has designated Peter Sung Ohr to serve as Acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.
“As a career employee of the NLRB, I am especially proud to continue my work with the smart and dedicated agency staff to vigorously enforce the mission of the NLRA,” Ohr said. “I look forward to actively engaging the public to ensure workers’ fundamental rights of association at the workplace are protected to the fullest extent of the law.”
Mr. Ohr began his career with the NLRB in the Honolulu Sub-regional Office as a Field Attorney. In 2005, he was appointed Deputy Assistant General Counsel in the NLRB’s Division of Operations-Management. In 2011, Mr. Ohr was appointed Regional Director of the NLRB’s Chicago Regional Office (Region 13).
Born in Seoul, Korea, Mr. Ohr received a B.A. from the University of California-Riverside, a J.D. from Pepperdine School of Law, and an M.B.A. from Hawaii Pacific University.
Established in 1935, the National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency that protects employees, employers, and unions from unfair labor practices and protects the right of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve wages, benefits and working conditions. The NLRB conducts hundreds of workplace elections and investigates thousands of unfair labor practice charges each year.
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