The Biden administration has fired the attorney general of the National Labor Relations Board, a person Trump-appointed deeply unpopular with prominent unions, according to a White House official.
The tenure of current General Counsel Peter B. Robb was only supposed to expire in November, but the administration rarely has the right to oust him prematurely. The Advocate General, an official confirmed by the Senate, is responsible for enforcing the labor rights of private sector employees and has substantial discretion over cases submitted by the agency.
The administration’s effort was reported earlier by Bloomberg Law.
Mr Robb was a polarizing figure who once proposed to demote senior government officials who solve most of the agency’s cases and whom unions accuse of seeking to settle a high-profile case against McDonald’s to avoid an unfavorable ruling against the company.
Mr Robb also argued in a memorandum that Uber drivers should be viewed as contractors rather than employees and therefore not protected by federal labor law.
Before becoming General Counsel of the Labor Relations Board in 2017, he spent most of his career representing employers. He worked for the Reagan administration in litigation against the union representing air traffic controllers which illegally went on strike in 1981.