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Schumer asks NLRB to reconsider Buffalo, Pittsburgh office consolidation

Rochester Business Journal
June 27, 2014

The National Labor Relations Board wants to make its Buffalo office a sub-regional location to its regional office in Pittsburgh, which could result in critical resources being shifted from Western New York, Sen. Charles Schumer said this week.

Pittsburgh would become the regional headquarters for western Pennsylvania, part of West Virginia and Upstate New York, Schumer said.

The Buffalo office is the NLRB’s regional home for all of New York beyond the New York City metro area, Schumer said. The NLRB also has an office in Albany.

“Stripping the Buffalo office of its current status would inconvenience workers and businesses all across the state and could lead to major caseload backups that would have a disastrous impact,” Schumer said in a statement released Thursday.

The change could lead to delays in investigations, decisions, enforcement and elections, Schumer said. It would likely diminish resources for labor and management in New York, and require New Yorkers to travel out of state to attend hearings, he said.

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