In an unprecedented action that delighted organized labor but sounded alarm bells for employers, in one of his first acts, President Biden  fired the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.   On January 25, the White House appointed Peter Sung Ohr to serve as Acting General Counsel.   Mr. Ohr long has served as the Regional Director of the Board’s Chicago office and is perhaps best known for his controversial decision several years ago that scholarship football players at Northwestern University were “employees” who had legal standing to unionize under the National Labor Relations Act.   The abrupt ouster of General Counsel Robb is significant because virtually all private sector employers are covered by the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”), regardless of their size or whether their employees are unionized, and the General Counsel has the power to issue complaints against alleged labor law violators and shape the legal theories presented to the Board, which impacts the development of the law.   Relatedly, Acting General Counsel Ohr may withdraw complaints in a number of high profile cases pending against unions, including one involving whether “Scabby the Rat” is subject to the provisions of the Act prohibiting secondary boycotts.  Under the law, Mr. Ohr may serve in an acting capacity for up to forty (40) days, so it is likely that the Administration will present a nominee for consideration by the Senate in the next several weeks.   Moreover, President Biden will be able to appoint two (2) new members to the Board later this year (subject to Senate confirmation) which likely will cement a pro-union majority on the Board for the next four years.  The new Board Members and General Counsel almost certainly will work to bend national labor policy to favor unions at the expense of employers.   During the campaign, President Biden promised to be the most “pro-union President in history,” and these early moves suggest he intends to make good on that promise.