UAW Statement on the Firing of the General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board

The principal existence for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is to protect workers in the workplace against infringement on their rights to have a voice in the workplace.

Both the former General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel, who refused to resign and were fired this past week, came from legal backgrounds with firms that were notorious for union busting and placing obstacles in the path of women and men seeking a voice in the workplace. This anti-worker, pro-management background was evident in the way department rules were engaged to the detriment of workers in the workplace.

President Biden was right to seek their resignations, and right to affirm that those positions should be focused on the NLRB mission to protect workers in the workplace. Let us hope the position of NLRB General Counsel will never again be used in such a twisted purpose as was the case with these former Trump Administration appointees, who administered their duties to the detriment of those they were hired to protect.”