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Sharp Staff Cuts Hurt Morale at Labor Board Offices, GAO Finds

March 29, 2021, 11:10 PM

National Labor Relations Board employees feel overburdened and understaffed after years of personnel reductions, particularly in the agency’s regional offices, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

The GAO report, released Monday, found that NLRB staff shrunk by 26% over the last decade, from more than 1,700 in 2010 to fewer than 1,300 in 2019. Reductions were most acute in regional offices, which lost 33% of staff compared with 8% in the national headquarters.

NLRB officials and external observers partly attributed the cuts to a 22% decline in the NLRB’s caseload, the GAO said.

The findings highlight the ...

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