NLRB Former Chairman Robert J. Battista

Robert J. BattistaRobert 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 Davidsonville, MD.