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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 14, 1995

The President today announced his intent to nominate Donald S. Wasserman to the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

Donald S. Wasserman of the District of Columbia is currently the Director of Research and Collective Bargaining Services for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), a position he assumed in 1977. Mr. Wasserman first joined AFSCME in 1967 and was Director of the Department of Research from 1967 to 1976. Previous employment also includes service at the International Association of Machinists from 1961 to 1967; Communications Workers of America from 1957 to 1961; and the U.S. Department of Labor from 1956 to 1957. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research since 1989. Mr. Wasserman earned a B.S. from Temple University in 1952 and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1956.

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) is an independent agency responsible for administering the labor-management relations program for over 1.2 million Federal employees worldwide, over 1.3 million of whom are exclusively represented in more than 2,200 bargaining units. The FLRA is charged by statute with providing leadership in establishing policies and guidance relating to Federal sector labor-management relations and with resolving disputes under and ensuring compliance with the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, the law that protects the right of Federal employees to organize, bargain collectively and participate through labor organizations of their own choosing in decisions affecting them. The FLRA is composed of the Authority -- a three member quasi-judicial body; the Office of the General Counsel -- the independent investigative and prosecutorial component; and the Federal Service Impasses Panel -- the independent body that resolves negotiation impasses.