Obama Selects New Labor Relations Chairman

President Obama has chosen Carol Waller Pope to chair the Federal Labor Relations Authority. She was first appointed to the authority in 2000 and is the first FLRA career employee to serve as a member.

In case you haven't heard of the authority, and most people have not, its Web site defines its mission as:
"Resolving complaints of unfair labor practices
Determining the appropriateness of units for labor organization representation
Adjudicating exceptions to arbitrator's awards
Adjudicating legal issues relating to duty to bargain
Resolving impasses during negotiations."

Her appointment was praised by the American Federation of Government Employees.

“Carol has worked hard to ensure the integrity of the FLRA’s primary mission, often prevailing against the anti-union, anti-employee policies of the Bush Administration. She clearly will lead the panel in a more balanced direction,” said AFGE General Counsel Mark Roth.

By Sara Goo  |  February 20, 2009; 3:36 PM ET  | Category:  Labor
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