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Regional Director

Welcome to Region 18 of the National Labor Relations Board. We conduct elections, investigate charges of unfair labor practices, and protect the rights of workers to act together, serving the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and parts of Iowa from our regional office in Minneapolis, and subregional office in Milwaukee. If you have questions or wish to file a charge or petition for election, please visit one of our offices or call and ask for the Information Officer on duty. We can arrange to have someone speak with you in the language of your choice.  We are also happy to provide speakers and materials to promote a greater understanding of the National Labor Relations Act.

This Regional Office participates in the NLRB’s Volunteer Field Examiners Program for undergraduate and graduate students.  The Volunteer FX interns assist in conducting unfair labor practice investigations, arranging representation elections, conducting elections and performing basic legal research. Volunteer Interns will work directly with agents and report to a supervisor who will guide them in handling case work and investigations. Interns may be briefed by senior officials from throughout the Region and Agency about the NLRB and the NLRA. Interns will be asked to produce written work products summarizing the results of investigations along with recommendations.  The Agency will work closely with participating schools to ensure class credit where permitted or desired and will provide on-the-job training as well as training on the NLRB through live and video presentations of the Agency’s Summer Intern Program and regularly scheduled Board Agent training.  Please click on the following link: Student Positions - Pathways and volunteer for more information.  

News From the Region

On April 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., Regional Director Marlin Osthus will be presenting at the Minnesota AFL-CIO on 175 Aurora Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota to discuss the NLRB’s Revised Representation Case Rules and changes.

On April 1, 2015 at 9:00 a.m., Regional Director Marlin Osthus and Officer-in-Charge Benjamin Mandelman will be presenting a summary of the NLRB’s Revised Representation Case Rules and changes to the P&P Committee at the Milwaukee Subregional Office.

On October 7, 2014, Supervisory Attorney Nichole Burgess-Peel will be presenting on collective bargaining and related issues to graduate students at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

On October 29, 2014, Field Attorney Chinyere Ohaeri will be participating in the Legal Expo at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.  Field Attorney Ohaeri will be presenting and answering questions regarding social media in the workplace and protected concerted activity.

On August 25, 2014, Field Examiner Martha Armstrong will be presenting at the inaugural ceremony for Labor Rights Week at the Consulate of Mexico in St. Paul, Minnesota. Field Examiner Armstrong will discuss workers' rights under the NLRA and services offered by the Regional Office. Other speakers at the event will include Theresa Walls, District Director of the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, and Silvia Ontaneda, Consul of Ecuador.


Regional Case Developments

Case Name Case Number Case Activity Issuance Datesort ascending
ST. PAUL PARK REFINING CO. LLC D/B/A WESTERN REFINING 18-CA-187896 Board Decision 05/08/2018
RENVILLE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT 18-WH-214644 Board Decision 05/01/2018
INGREDION, INC., D/B/A PENFORD PRODUCTS CO. 18-CA-160654 Board Decision 05/01/2018
Cook County 18-WH-209741 Board Decision 03/09/2018
UNITED PARCEL SERVICE, INC. 18-CA-193426 Order Adopting in the Absence of Exceptions 02/16/2018
Bay at North Ridge 18-RD-208565 Board Decision 02/14/2018
MENARD, INC. 18-CA-181821 Order Adopting in the Absence of Exceptions 01/12/2018
UNITED PARCEL SERVICE, INC. 18-CA-193426 Administrative Law Judges Decision 01/05/2018
Benedictine Health Center, Benedictine Sisters Benevolent Association, Benedictine Health Services, 18-CA-196456 Board Decision 12/27/2017


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