FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY · WASHINGTON, DC · 20424
January 18, 1996 · PR 103-96
Contact: Helenann Hirsch
DONALD WASSERMAN SWORN IN AS NEW AUTHORITY MEMBER
Following his nomination by President Clinton and confirmation by the United States
Senate, Donald Wasserman was today sworn in as a new Member of the Authority, the
three Member quasi-judicial body of the Federal Labor Relations Authority.
"Over the last few years, federal managers, unions and the employees they represent
have made great strides toward working together and developing more productive
relationships," Wasserman said. "The FLRA has been a leader in this endeavor. I am
pleased to join the FLRA and look forward to working with its dedicated staff to help
ensure that the progress that's been made in federal sector labor-management relations
continues." Wasserman, whose term with the Authority runs to 2000, replaces former
Authority Member Pamela Talkin who resigned in July, 1995.
Before joining the FLRA, Wasserman served as Director of Research and Collective
Bargaining Services for the American Federation of States, County and Municipal
Employees (AFSCME), a position he assumed in 1977. Wasserman first joined AFSCME
in 1967, working as Director of the Department of Research. Before that, he worked at
the International Association of Machinists, Communications Workers of America and the
U.S. Department of Labor. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the
Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research since 1989. Wasserman
earned a B.S. from Temple University and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the
University of Pennsylvania.
The Federal Labor Relations Authority is the independent agency that administers the
labor-management relations program for over 2.1 million federal employees worldwide,
over 1.3 million of whom are exclusively represented in more than 2,200 bargaining
units. It is charged with providing leadership in establishing policies and guidance
relating to federal sector labor-management relations and resolving disputes under the
Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute. The FLRA is composed of: the
Authority -- the 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 bargaining impasses.