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Anne G. Purcell

National Labor Relations Board
Associate General Counsel, Division of Operations Management
Washington, DC, USA


Anne Purcell has spent her entire legal career with the National Labor Relations Board.  After graduating from the University of Missouri Law School, she began her career in the Kansas City office as a field attorney investigating alleged unfair labor practices and litigating those charges found to be meritorious.  In 1986 she moved to Washington DC where she served as Chief Counsel to Board Member Mary Cracraft.  Unfair labor practices are initially litigated before administrative law judges.  If a party disagrees with the administrative law judge, then the party has the right to file exceptions (i.e. appeal) to the full National Labor Relations Board.  The Board through its decisions establishes national labor policy.  As Chief Counsel to one of the five Board members, she managed the Board member’s staff, advised the Board member on the cases coming before her as well as the implications for labor law policy.  From that position, Anne moved to the Division of Operations-Management, starting as a Deputy to the Assistant General Counsel and then moving up the ladder to the Associate General Counsel position.  The Associate General Counsel in the Division of Operations-Management oversees a staff who in turn manages all field operations.  There are 50 field offices across the country and it is the Division’s responsibility to ensure that the field is well informed about the General Counsel’s positions and is enforcing the law consistent with those positions.  The Division oversees all aspects of performance as well as managing budgetary, personnel and the Agency’s internal labor relations issues.  In all,   Anne has now spent 38 years with the National Labor Relations Board.

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