The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is the agency of the United States entrusted with primary federal oversight of labor-management disputes in the private sector outside the railway and airline industries. See 29 U.S.C. § 141, et seq. Under 29 U.S.C. § 162, it is a misdemeanor to willfully resist, prevent, impede or interfere with any member of "the Board" or any of its agents or agencies in the performance of their statutory duties. Any obstruction of the investigative or adjudicative processes of the NLRB at any stage of the proceedings is covered by the provisions of 18 U.S.C. §§. 1505 and 1512 to 1515 which pertain to the obstruction of proceedings before Federal departments and agencies. See Rice v. United States, 356 F.2d 709 (8th Cir. 1966). Investigators and hearing officers of the NLRB are also covered by the general statutes pertaining to assaults on Federal officers. See 18 U.S.C. §§ 111, 1111 to 1114 and 28 C.F.R. 64.2 (1994). See also this Manual at 1563.
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