Ellen Dichner is a Distinguished Lecturer in Labor Studies at CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. She has practiced labor and employment law for more than 25 years. From 2013 to 2018, she served as Chief Counsel to former Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. Before her appointment at the NLRB, Ms. Dichner was a partner at Gladstein, Reif & Meginniss, LLP, where she handled a wide range of matters on behalf of union clients, including collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, union organizing campaigns, litigation in federal and state courts as well as in proceedings before administrative agencies, such as the NLRB and the New York Public Employment Relations Board. Her clients included unions representing workers in health care, transportation, communications and education. Ms. Dichner also represented individuals and groups of workers in wage and hour cases, employment discrimination and other litigation. She has written numerous papers on labor law and is a frequent speaker at labor law conferences and continuing legal education programs.


Selected Publications


Recent News

  • B.A., Government, Oberlin College, 1973
  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1981


  • “MV Transportation: Once Again the Board Revisits the Issue of Whether an Incumbent Union is Entitled to an Irrebuttable Presumption of Continuing Majority Status in Successorship Situations,” The Labor Lawyer, Vol. 19, No. 1 (2003)

  • May 2019 – Panelist

Catching Up with the NLRB: What’s Happening and What’s on the Horizon

AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, Annual Conference

  • November 2016 – Keynote Speaker

        Recent Developments in NLRA Law

38th Annual Labor Law Conference

New Jersey State Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, and National Labor Relations Board, Region 22

  • June 2013 – Paper and Panelist

Developments in NLRB Representation Law

AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, Annual Conference

  • April 2011 – Panelist

Recent Developments and Issues Before the NLRB

Association of the Bar of the City of New York

  • June 2010 – Panelist

Advancing Organizing Through Labor Law

SEIU Lawyers Conference

  • April 2008 – Presenter

Expanding Paths to Representation

AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, Northeast Regional Conference

  • October 2007 – Panelist

        Neutrality and Recognition Agreements

SEIU Annual Lawyers Conference: Campaigns for Social Justice

  • February 2003 – Paper and Panelist

MV Transportation, 337 NLRB No. 129 (2002)

American Bar Association, Section on Labor and Employment Law

  • May 2001 – Paper and Panelist

Intermittent/Partial Strikes, In-Plant Work Stoppages, Refusal to Work Overtime and Work-to-Rule

AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, Annual Conference

  • March 2000 – Speaker

Organizing Law Workshop

Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

  • September 1999 – Panelist

Independent Contractors under the NLRA and FLSA: The Intersection of Immigration and Employment Law

Matthew Bender Continuing Legal Education Program

  • June 1999 – Panelist

The Legal Rights of Unions and Employees During Union Organizing Drives

New York City Central Labor Council

  • October 1998 – Panelist

NLRA Representation Law and Procedure

AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, Northeast Regional Conference

  • June 1997 – Paper and Panelist

Asserting the Union’s Right After Certification

AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, Annual Conference

  • September 1995 – Panelist

Injunctive Relief Under the National Labor Relations Act

Conference on Basic NLRA Law and Procedures, American Bar Association and New York State Bar Association

  • LABR 669, Special Topics – Labor Arbitration: the law and practice
  • LABR 669, Special Topics — The future of labor law: eliminating impediments to organizing workers
  • LABR 604, Labor Law
  • LABR 302, Contemporary Labor Issues