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February 20, 2009
Enid Doggett
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AFGE Congratulates Carol Waller Pope, Named New Chair of Federal Labor Relations Authority

(WASHINGTON) – The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the nation’s largest federal employees union, today offered congratulations to Carol Waller Pope, selected by President Obama to chair the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA).

The three-member authority component of the FLRA adjudicates disputes arising under the Federal Service Labor-management Relations Statute, deciding unfair labor practices and representation cases, exceptions to grievance arbitration awards, and resolving disputes on the negotiability of proposals in the collective bargaining process.

“We are proud that Carol, a strong advocate for employee fairness, has been selected to oversee the Authority,” said John Gage, AFGE President. “We offer her our congratulations and look forward to working with her.”

Pope was first appointed to the FLRA by the Clinton Administration. She is a career federal employee and has served as Assistant General Counsel for Appeals for the FLRA Office of the General Counsel.

The new chair has also worked closely with AFGE’s Office of General Counsel. “Carol has worked hard to ensure the integrity of the FLRA’s primary mission, often prevailing against the anti-union, anti-employee policies of the Bush Administration. She clearly will lead the panel in a more balanced direction”, said AFGE General Counsel Mark Roth.

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