He was later fired, according to the White House.
The dismissal of the chief lawyer of the Labor Council before the end of his term in late November follows criticism from Democrats for many believing that the board has taken a stance in control in recent years.
Democrats have also raised concerns about Robb’s steps to reorganize some of the board’s regional offices and new guidelines for agency investigations.
Bloomberg Law reported the news for the first time.
Robb significantly monitors the cases in which the board considers its role in overseeing investigations and prosecutions of companies suspected of violating the National Labor Relations Act.
The NLRB is an independent federal agency responsible for enforcing U.S. labor law related to labor practices and collective agreements.
The Supreme House Democrats called Biden’s move “the main victory for American workers.”
Virginia representative Bobby Scott, chairman of the House’s Education and Labor Committee, praised the decision, arguing that Robb “consistently disregarded his statutory duty to uphold the right of workers to stand together and negotiate for better working conditions”.
But the National Law for Work Foundation, an anti-union group, criticized Biden’s actions as the opposite of “normal return.”
NLRB spokesman Kevin Petroccione said in an email to POLITICO that the board had no comments.
Democrats have also raised concerns about a potential conflict of interest between board members appointed by Trump and their former clients. The House of Democrats summoned the board last year over documents related to alleged conflicts in high-level unfair labor practices against McDonald’s Corp. in which Robb played a role.
The case was brought up by the Obama-era NLRB finding that the fast-food giant was responsible for labor violations committed by its franchise zones.
Robb asked for the McDonald’s case to be stayed, arguing that a business-friendly body that later vacated raised the demands of the fast-food giant when deciding on joint employment.
In case Hy-Brand industrial contractors, reversed by the NLRB after a general supervisor’s report said William Emanuel’s board member should not have been involved in the decision, given his former law firm’s involvement in a previous joint employer case that was overturned by a 2017 judgment.
The debate has sparked outrage on the part of Democrats, who have raised concerns about conflicts of interest in the Labor Board.
Robb then said he “disagrees with the views expressed in the IG report.”