Date: Feb 20, 2014

Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown announced the appointment of William B. Gould IV, a Democrat, as member and chair of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). Gould is the Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus at Stanford Law School. He has been Professor of Law at Stanford since July 1972.

Gould, 77, was chairman of the National Labor Relations Board from 1994-1998. Early in his career, he was assistant general counsel of the United Auto Workers union in Detroit (1961-1962) and attorney for the NLRB (1963-1965). He was a visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School from 1971 to 1972, and taught at numerous other law schools. From 1965 to 1968, he represented management in labor law matters as an attorney with Battle Fowler Stokes and Kheel in New York City, from 1965 to 1968.

Gould is the author of dozens of law journal articles and has written ten books including Agenda for Reform: The Future of Employment Relationships and the Law (MIT Press 1993) and Labored Relations: Law, Politics and the NLRB–A Memoir (MIT Press 2000).

His memoir, Labored Relations, recounts his politically turbulent tenure at the NLRB. According to the book, congressional partisanship and Board members’ desire to remain in power created problems of “authority” and “autonomy” throughout his tenure.  Gould claims his “outsider status” (i.e., as an academic as opposed to a Washington “insider”) combined with the perception that he was ideologically and unfairly inclined towards labor, resulted in Republican opposition to his nomination, which was approved along mostly partisan lines.

Gould received his law degree from Cornell University Law School in 1961 and did graduate study at London School of Economics from 1962 to 1963. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1958.

Gould replaces Bert Mason who recently retired from the Board. He will join current Board members, Genevieve Shiroma and Cathryn Rivera-Hernandez. The appointment is effective March 18, 2014. Although the position requires Senate confirmation, Gould can serve on the Board pending confirmation. He will receive a salary of $136,144 per year.

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