The National Labor Relations Board today announced the appointments of Donna Dawson and Susan Flynn as administrative law judges in its Division of Judges, replacing two judges who retired late last year. They are transferring to the Board from similar positions with the Social Security Administration.
The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency vested with the power to safeguard employee rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative. The agency also acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions.
With offices in Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco and Atlanta, the Division of Judges is responsible for docketing unfair labor practice cases brought by the Board’s General Counsel on charges filed by unions, employers and individual employees. The Division disposes of those cases by settlement or by conducting trials and issuing initial decisions, which may then be appealed to the five-member Board and thereafter to an appropriate United States Court of Appeals.
Judge Dawson was a judge with the Social Security Administration for the last two and a half years. Before joining Social Security, she spent 17 years with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in various capacities, including as an administrative judge and a chief administrative judge. She also spent time in private practice and as an attorney with Federal and State agencies. Judge Dawson received her undergraduate degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and her law degree from the Houston University Law Center. She will take her assignments from the Atlanta office of the Division of Judges.
Judge Flynn served as a Social Security judge for three and a half years, including a stint as the hearing office chief judge in Philadelphia. Before joining Social Security, she spent 22 years as an administrative judge with the EEOC, including 15 years as the chief administrative judge in Philadelphia. Earlier in her career, she also did trial work in private practice and with local government agencies. Judge Flynn received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and her law degree from Villanova University. She will take her assignments from the Washington, D.C. office of the Division of Judges.