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National Labor Relations Board

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is the agency of the federal government charged with approval of the right to unionize and certification of the results of elections held by labor unions, as well as investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practices. It is composed of a five-member board as well as a general counsel, all of whom are appointed by the president and approved by the Senate. The board members are appointed for 5-year terms, and the general counsel is appointed for 4 years. The board is, in theory, independent of politics, and no more than three members are appointed from each party. The board hears appeals from the decisions of administrative law judges, and the general counsel serves as a prosecutor.

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