NLRB Former Chairman Robert J.
J. Battista was appointed by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate to serve
as Chairman of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a term expiring
December 16, 2007. Previously, he practiced employment and labor relations law
since 1965 with the Detroit firm Butzel Long, representing companies,
multi-employer associations, public employers, and educational institutions.
Chairman Battista is a former chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of
the Michigan Bar Association, a member of the Advisory Committee to the Michigan
Employment Relations Commission, and is a Fellow with the College of Labor and
Employment Lawyers. A native of Detroit, he is a graduate of the University of
Notre Dame (B.A., 1961) and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1964).
The NLRB administers the nation's primary labor relations law, the National
Labor Relations Act of 1935. This independent federal agency investigates and
remedies unfair labor practices, and conducts secret-ballot elections to
determine whether employees desire union representation. Mr. Battista and his
wife Judy have two children, Rob and Lauren. The family resides in