Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Former NLRB Chairman Edward B. Miller Passes Away

Edward B. Miller died on November 10, at the age of 84, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Miller, a Nixon appointee, served as NLRB Chairman from June 1970 to December 1974.

I had the pleasure of observing Mr. Miller argue an NLRB case to a court of appeals back in 2000. He was quite impressive.

Mr. Miller's jurisprudence lives on. Recently, a Board majority, citing one of his dissents, overruled precedent and held that the Board will no longer presume that an employer's threat of plant closure was widely disseminated to unit employees. Crown Bolt, Inc., 343 NLRB No. 86 (2004) (citing General Stencils, Inc., 195 NLRB 1109 (1972) (Chairman Miller, dissenting)).

This obituary appears in the Chicago Tribune. A tribute to him, authored by former Chairman John Truesdale, appears on the website of the ABA's Section of Labor & Employment Law.


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