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Pilot program under consideration to consolidate Regional Offices

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As part of an ongoing effort to improve efficiencies in its regional structure, the National Labor Relations Board is considering a pilot program that would consolidate Regional Offices in St. Louis, Missouri (Region 14) and Kansas City, Kansas (Region 17). The pilot would also move the sub-regional office in Peoria, Illinois from the jurisdiction of the St. Louis office to that of the regional office in Indianapolis, Indiana (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 thoroughly consider input from Agency staff and from external stakeholders, including practitioners, members of the management-labor relations community, and Members of Congress, before making a final decision about whether to proceed with the pilot program.

The pilot program would allow the agency to gather information and sort out questions that arise on internal management and case-processing fronts. Based on that experience, the Acting General Counsel could choose to present a formal proposal to the Board. 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), about which a similar process was already undertaken. The proposals are part of an ongoing effort by the Agency to explore ways to restructure its field organization in light of new technologies and changing patterns in case intake. Further restructuring could be proposed in the future.

 

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