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January 18, 1996 · PR 103-96
Contact: Helenann Hirsch


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.