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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 13, 2000



The President today announced his intent to nominate Bonnie Prouty Castrey as Chair of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA).

Ms. Castrey, of Huntington Beach, California, is currently the Chair of the Federal Service Impasses Panel. She has served as a member of the Panel since 1995. As a private arbitrator and mediator, she deals with all types of employment, labor-management, community/public policy, and business disputes. Since 1965, Ms. Castrey has taught negotiation skills, mediation skills, and arbitration at a number of colleges and universities. She is an Adjunct Professor at Western State University College of Law and is a member of the Western State Law Foundation Advisory Board. Ms. Castrey serves on the National Board of Directors of the Industrial Relations Research Association. She also serves on the boards of the California Foundation for the Improvement of Employer-Employee Relations, the Orange County Industrial Relations Research Association and has served on the boards of The Mediation Center, and the California Dispute Resolution Council. She also chaired the American Arbitration Association's Orange County Employment Mediation Advisory Council. Ms. Castrey is an elected Trustee and Vice President of the Huntington Beach Union High School District and has served as President of the Orange County School Boards Association. She is a Life Member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Ms. Castrey is a past International President of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. She is a former Commissioner of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Ms. Castrey received an R.N. degree from the Edward J. Meyer Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, B.S.N. degree from the California State University at Long Beach, and a J.D. degree from Western State University College of Law. She is a native of Buffalo, New York.

The Federal Labor Relations Authority administers the labor-management relations program for non-Postal Service Federal employees worldwide. The agency administers the statute which protects the rights of federal employees to organize, to bargain collectively and to participate through labor organizations of their own choosing in identifying and resolving workplace disputes. The Federal Labor Relations Authority ensures compliance with the statutory rights and obligations of Federal agencies, unions and employees and also provides leadership in establishing policies and guidance related to Federal sector labor-management relations.