THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES RICHARD BARNES AS DIRECTOR OF THE FEDERAL MEDIATION AND CONCILIATION SERVICE
The President today announced his intent to nominate Richard Barnes to serve as Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
Mr. Richard Barnes, a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, has served as Deputy Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service since 1996 and was instrumental in resolving the 1997 UPS/Teamsters strike. He has served with the FMCS for eleven years. In 1996, he was a Regional Director, overseeing operations in fifteen southern states. From 1994 to 1996, he served as District Director, overseeing operations in nine southern states. He was a Commissioner from 1987 to 1994, mediating disputes in the Atlanta Field Office. From 1972 to 1987, he served as an International Representative and District Council Business Manager of the Laborers' International Union of North America. Mr. Barnes received a B.A. degree from Antioch University.
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) assists labor and management in resolving disputes in collective bargaining contract negotiations through voluntary mediation and arbitration services. The FMCS also provides training to unions and management in cooperative processes to improve long-term relationships under the Labor Management Cooperation Act of 1978, and awards grants to joint labor-management committees to encourage innovative approaches to cooperative efforts.