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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 August 22, 2014, Regional Director Marlin Osthus will be speaking at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Regional Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The Regional Director will provide an update on the NLRB, including Noel Canning, and will discuss other topics such as employee rights to use social media to protest working conditions, employer work rules that violate the NLRA, and Region 18 cases involving bad faith bargaining charges. 

Check out the newest edition of the Regional Newsletter, "Hot Dish," here.

On April 17, 18, and 24, 2013, Deputy Regional Director Jim Fox, Supervisory Attorney Nichole Burgess-Peel, and Field Examiner Martha Armstrong presented to graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management regarding the NLRA and its applications.

On August 26, 2013, Field Examiner Martha Armstrong and Field Attorney Rachel Centinario presented at the Mexican Consulate in St. Paul during Labor Week regarding workers' rights under the NLRA in both union and non-union settings.

On April 25, 2013, Resident Officer Jennifer Hadsall presented, "NLRA Basics: NLRA Application in Right to Work States and Non-Unionized Workplaces" at the 2013 Iowa Employment, Training, Benefits & Wellness Conference.


Regional Case Developments

Case Name Case Number Case Activity Issuance Datesort ascending
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
KMAC, Inc. 18-CA-185912 Board Decision 12/22/2017
ST. PAUL PARK REFINING CO. LLC D/B/A WESTERN REFINING 18-CA-187896 Administrative Law Judges Decision 12/20/2017
ADT, LLC 18-RD-206831 Board Decision 12/20/2017
JON P. WESTRUM, D/B/A J. WESTRUM ELECTRIC AND JWE LLC, ALTER EGOS 18-CA-182656 Board Decision 12/13/2017


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