President Donald J. Trump has named board member Marvin E. Kaplan to be Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
“The president’s announcement is an honor and privilege, and I look forward to serving as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board.,” Kaplan said. “I remain committed to working with my colleagues to achieve the important goal of issuing timely decisions that apply the National Labor Relations Act in a way that protects the rights of employees, employers, and labor organizations throughout the country.”
Kaplan also recognized former Chairman Philip A. Miscimarra for his service on the board. Miscimarra’s term expired on Dec. 16, 2017. The board currently includes board members Mark Gaston Pearce, whose term expires on Aug. 27, 2018; Lauren McFerran, whose term expires on Dec.16, 2019; and William J. Emanuel, whose term expires on Aug. 27, 2021. One board member seat is currently vacant.
Kaplan was sworn in as a board member on Aug. 10, 2017 for a term ending on Aug. 27, 2020. Kaplan was confirmed by the Senate on Aug. 2, 2017.
Previous to his appointment to the NLRB, Chairman Kaplan served as Chief Counsel to the Chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Before his work with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, he served as counsel for the House Committee on Oversight Government Reform and as policy counsel for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. He also worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards and with the law firm McDowell, Rice, Smith & Buchanan.
Kaplan received his J.D. from Washington University in St Louis, and his B.S. from Cornell University.
Established in 1935, the National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency that protects employers and employees from unfair labor practices, and protects the right of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve wages, benefits and working conditions. The NLRB conducts hundreds of workplace elections and investigates thousands of unfair labor practice charges each year.