Tony Armendariz tendered to the President his resignation from the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), effective March 15, 1997. Member Armendariz was originally appointed to the Authority in 1989 and was reappointed to a 5-year term ending in July of 1997. Member Armendariz will be returning to his home in San Antonio, Texas.
Prior to his nomination in 1989, he served as General Counsel for the University System of South Texas. For four years, he was Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas and, prior to that, District Counsel for the Houston District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He and his family lived in Venezuela for over 10 years where he was associated with a law firm and later the operations of a subsidiary of Dart Industries. Mr. Armendariz holds a degree in Business Administration from Trinity University, a J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law and a Masters of Comparative Law from Southern Methodist University. He also studied law at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela.
The FLRA is an independent agency responsible for administering the labor-management relations program for 1.9 million non-postal Federal employees world-wide, approximately 1.3 million of whom are exclusively represented in more than 2,200 bargaining units. The Authority is the three-member quasi-judicial component within the FLRA which adjudicates disputes arising under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, deciding appeals concerning unfair labor practices, exceptions to grievance arbitration awards and representation petitions, and is the forum to decide cases concerning the negotiability of collective bargaining agreement proposals.