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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release November 14, 1994

     President Clinton today announced his intention to appoint Bonnie

Prouty Castrey and Mary Jacksteit to the Federal Service Impasses Panel.

Bonnie Prouty Castrey of California has a strong background in health issues as a nurse who pursued legal studies. She served for ten years as a Commissioner on the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service which utilized her skills in conflict management, analysis of collective bargaining practices and understanding of the labor movement in the United States. Ms. Castrey earned a J.D. from Western State University College of Law, a Masters degree from UCLA and a nursing degree from California State, Long Beach.

Mary E. Jacksteit of Maryland has a broad base of experience in labor arbitration and negotiation. She is a trained mediator and conflict resolution consultant . She has worked for Search for Common Ground and as a mediator in the District of Columbia court system, where she acted as a neutral problem solver. Previously, she was an attorney in private practice and an attorney for the American Federation of Government Employees, rising to be Deputy General Counsel. She earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1975 and a M.A. from George Mason University's Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in 1993.

The Federal Service Impasses Panel provides assistance in resolving impediments in negotiation between Federal agencies and unions representing Federal employees. After investigating a situation, the Panel may recommend various procedures such as arbitration. The Panel also provides direct assistance such as fact finding or written submissions. Final action, such as an arbitration award or a Decision and Order of the Panel, is binding on the parties involved.

The Panel also has jurisdiction to resolve disputes under the Compressed Work Schedules Act of 1982. Labor-management disputes involving the Panama Canal Commission and other U.S. Government agencies located in what was the Canal Zone of the Republic of Panama are also within the Panel's purview.