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Memorial Held for Longtime NLRB In-House Counsel
The National Labor Relations Board has announced that a memorial service was held for its former associate general counsel, Richard Siegel, on June 5. The cause of death was lung cancer.
The NLRB said Siegel worked in the legal department for 37 years, starting in Washington, D.C., in 1974. He later transferred to the Philadelphia regional office, serving first as a trial attorney and later as a supervisor.
After returning to the Washington headquarters, Siegel received various promotions and in 1996 was named associate general counsel. In that role he headed the operations-management division in the NLRB’s office of general counsel.
He was briefly the center of controversy for a memo he wrote in May 2011 concerning what information businesses that seek to relocate must share with their unions. NLRB critics claimed the agency was trying to give unions greater power over employers and their management decisions, while the agency said it only sought to encourage bargaining over such decisions.
Spiegel retired in August 2011, and was diagnosed with cancer a short time later. He is survived by his wife, four children, and three stepsons.