The National Labor Relations Board has approved the formal restructuring of several regional offices, as proposed in July and adjusted in October, after evaluating feedback from members of Congress, NLRB staff, and the public, and conducting a pilot program in the field.
The restructuring, to be published in the Federal Register December 6, 2012 and to take effect on December 10, 2012 will change the status of four Regional Offices to subregional offices and will reassign some subregional and resident offices to new Regional Offices. The number of NLRB Regional Offices will be reduced from 32 to 28, while the total number of field offices will be unchanged at 51.
Specifically, the Winston-Salem, NC office (Region 11) will become a subregion of the Atlanta Regional Office (Region 10). The Nashville, TN resident office, now part of Region 26, will report to Atlanta. The Regional Director in Atlanta is Claude (Chip) Harrell, Jr.
The Memphis, TN office (Region 26) will become a subregion of the New Orleans Regional Office (Region 15). The Little Rock, AR resident office will also report to New Orleans. The Regional Director in New Orleans is M. Kathleen McKinney.
The Overland Park, KS office (Region 17) will become a subregion of the St. Louis Regional Office (Region 14). The Regional Director in St. Louis will be Dan Hubbel.
The Hartford, CT office (Region 34) will become a subregion of the Boston, MA Regional Office (Region 1). The Regional Director in Boston will be Jonathan Kreisberg.
In addition, the Peoria, IL subregional office will report to Indianapolis, IN (Region 25). The Regional Director in Indianapolis is Rik Lineback.
This restructuring will result in the establishment of a more rational field structure, one that adjusts the Agency’s presence to the case filing developments that have occurred over the years by more evenly distributing case intake among Regions. The development of the Agency’s electronic case management system (NxGen) has greatly facilitated the Agency’s ability to proceed with these restructuring plans. All of the resulting Regions will be of a size and internal management structure that will optimize efficiency and economy, while preserving high quality investigations and litigation and resulting in an Agency that is best able to fulfill its mission in the future.