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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 4, 1998
                      AS CHAIR AND MEMBER OF THE

The President today announced the recess appointment of John C. Truesdale to serve as chair and member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Mr. Truesdale was nominated on October 14, 1998. The President intends to resubmit his nomination when the 106th Congress convenes.

Mr. John C. Truesdale, of Bethesda, Maryland, is a labor-management arbitrator. He has had a long, distinguished career with the National Relations Board, serving with the agency from 1948-1957 and from 1963-1996 when he retired. From 1994-1996, he served as a member of the Board. From 1981-1994, he served as the Executive Secretary of the NLRB. He previously was a member of the Board from 1977-1981. He also previously served as Executive Secretary from 1972-1977. His other positions with the Board included Deputy Executive Secretary, Associate Executive Secretary, and field examiner in Louisiana and New York. He served as President of the Association of Labor Relations Agencies from 1992-1993 and as a Executive Board member from 1983-1995. Mr. Truesdale was also President of the District of Columbia Chapter of the Industrial Relation Research Association in 1989. He is on the roster of arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the National Mediation Board, and the Oregon Employment Relations Board. He is a member of the Foreign Service Grievance Board.

Mr. Truesdale received an A.B. degree from Grinnell College, a M.S. degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, and a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law School.

The National Labor Relations Board is an independent agency which administers the nation's principal labor law, the National Labor Relations Act. This appointment will facilitate the NLRB in carrying out its critical mission to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions. The NLRB safeguards employees' rights to organize and determine, through secret ballot elections, whether to have unions as their bargaining representative.