David Prouty is a labor union attorney who sits as a Democratic member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Prior to his appointment by President Joe Biden, he worked as general counsel for Service Employees International Union 32BJ.
He previously worked for AFSCME, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Workers (UNITE), the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Unite Here, and the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Early Life and Education
David Prouty has said that he “grew up around the labor movement.” His father was a machinist in an aircraft factory who led unionization efforts under the United Auto Workers. He later worked in the administrations of numerous unions. 
David Prouty began his career while at Bowdoin College working for the government worker union AFSCME as a public policy analyst and organizer.  After graduating from law school in 1986, Prouty joined the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Workers (UNITE) and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU), for which he did legal work on National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) cases. In 2001, Prout became general counsel of UNITE. 
From 2014-2018, Prouty was on the board of directors of the Sports Lawyers Association. 
National Labor Relations Board
In July 2021, David Pouty and fellow union-side labor attorney Gwynne Wilcox were confirmed as President Joe Biden’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board. The appointments signaled a shift in the NLRB toward pro-union policies and gave Democrats a 3-2 majority on the board. Prouty assumed his seat in August. 
In October 2021, the right-of-center National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRWLDF) asked the NLRB’s ethics officials to bar newly-appointed board members Prouty and Wilcox from issuing judgements on a pending case regarding joint employer regulations. The traditional interpretation of joint employment regulations outlined a narrow definition of “joint employment” which tended to shield companies from liability under some labor regulations in cases where multiple companies could be said to influence the employment conditions the same individual simultaneously. 
The NRWLDF argued that both Prouty and Wilcox had conflicts of interest with the ongoing case. Prouty was the general counsel of a local union of the SEIU, which is leading the legal challenge, and Wilcox is a member of Levy Ratner, a labor law firm working on the case who has also worked for SEIU affiliates. Both Prouty and Wilcox included SEIU affiliates on their recusal lists when undergoing review for the positions but not the national SEIU.