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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 14, 1995


The President today announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to the Federal Salary Council:

Anthony F. Ingrassia of Virginia will serve as the Vice-Chair of the Federal Salary Council. Mr. Ingrassia is in his second term as the Chairman of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee and has served on the Federal Salary Council since its inception. He headed the labor-management relations program for Office of Personnel Management (OPM) from 1970 to 1982, and was OPM's Deputy Associate Director for Personnel Systems and Oversight, responsible for employee pay and labor relations, from 1986 to 1990. Mr. Ingrassia was the Post Office Department's Labor Relations Director and played a major role in the development and passage of Title VII of the Civil Service Reform Act which governs collective bargaining in Federal agencies. He has received several accolades, including the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive in 1980 and Meritorious Executive in 1988. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

John F. Leyden of Maryland is the Secretary- Treasurer of the Public Employee Department of the AFL- CIO. He administers financial affairs and directs federal/postal activities for the organization. Previously, he was the President of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) and was President of PATCO's largest union for two years. Prior to that, Mr. Leyden was an air traffic controller. He attended Cathedral College and St. John's University. Mr. Leyden has served on The Federal Salary Council since its inception. He is a member of the National Partnership Council and the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health.

Leslie E. Nulty of Maryland serves as the Assistant to the International Vice-President and Director of the Department of Public Affairs for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), one of the nation's largest private sector unions. She is responsible for substantive analysis of legislation and development of union positions on key issues including tax and international trade. Previously, she was Director of the Research Office for the Department of Communications, for the UFCW. From 1978 to 1982, she served as economist and Assistant to the International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Ms. Nulty earned a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.Sc. from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.

John N. Sturdivant of Virginia is the National President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the largest union representing federal employees and the only one affiliated with the AFL-CIO. He has served as President since 1988 and has been an AFGE activist for over 30 years. As a union official, he focuses on building membership and increasing the union's political activities. He has testified before Congress on issues relating to government workers and participated in a Congressional seminar on working conditions in the 21st century. He is a member of the National Partnership Council and has served on the Federal Salary Council since its inception, playing a major role on pay equity issues. Mr. Sturdivant has a B.A. from Antioch University.

Peter A. Tchirkow of the District of Columbia currently serves as Compensation Specialist and Statistician in the Field Services Department of the American Federation of Government Employees. He is responsible for overall policy coordination of white and blue collar compensation issues, including the current reforms of white collar pay systems. Previously, he was Labor Liaison to the Pay Advisory Committee, Council on Wage and Price Stability. He has served on the Federal Salary Council since its inception.

Robert M. Tobias of Maryland serves as the National President of the National Treasury Employees Union, the largest independent union of government employees. He negotiated the first alternate work schedules for employees and led implementation of Total Quality Management in the union's involvement in the IRS Joint Quality Improvement Process. He has worked as a labor relations specialist for General Motors. Mr. Tobias is also a member of the National Partnership Council, and has served on the Federal Salary Council since its inception. He has a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from George Washington University School of Law, where he has served on the adjunct faculty.

The Federal Salary Council was established by the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990. The Council provides the President's Pay Agent with views and recommendations on the establishment or modification of pay localities and the level of comparability payments that should be paid to eliminate or reduce pay disparities. The Council also provides recommendations on the coverage of annual surveys on occupations conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.