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Former NLRB Chair Walking Away From The Board

Former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Mark Gaston Pearce saw his five-year term, initiated by former President Obama, come to an end in August 2018. He served as chairman of the NLRB from August 27, 2011, to January 22, 2017.

Last year, President Trump nominated Pearce to serve another term, but his nomination had not yet passed the Senate. Now, according to news reports, Pearce has stated he is walking away and will no longer seek to serve another term at the NLRB.

Pearce served on the board from 2010 through 2018 and oversaw many controversial decisions. From the “ambush election rule” change to crackdowns on employer personnel policies to attacks on class action waivers, Pearce changed the American labor law landscape (although, the current NLRB already has started to undo many of his former rulings).

Stay tuned to see who his successor may be. The board will be operating with only four (instead of the usual five) members until someone else is nominated and confirmed by the Senate.



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David J. Pryzbylski, Barnes Thornburg Law Firm, Indianapolis, Labor Law Attorney

David J. Pryzbylski became interested in labor relations early on in high school, having grown up next to several of the largest steel mills in the world. Fittingly, Mr. Pryzbylski now is a member of Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Labor & Employment Department. Building on his life-long fascination with labor law, Mr. Pryzbylski concentrates his practice on traditional labor matters. Specifically, he routinely assists clients with developing union-avoidance training, drafting collective bargaining agreement provisions, developing collective bargaining negotiation strategies, decertifying...