FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2008
Contact: Catherine Emerson
Following his nomination by President George W. Bush and unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate, Thomas M. Beck was sworn in today as a new Member, and the Chairman, of the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Pursuant to his designation as FLRA Chairman, Chairman Beck succeeds Dale Cabaniss, who resigned her position as Chairman in July 2008.
Prior to joining the FLRA, Chairman Beck was a Partner in the global law firm Jones Day. He joined Jones Day in 1992 after graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law, and spent the next 16 years practicing primarily in the areas of civil litigation and labor and employment law.
On October 2, 2008, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed Carol Waller Pope to a second term as Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Originally nominated by President William J. Clinton, she has served as a Member of the Authority since November 2000. A career Federal employee, Member Pope previously served as the Assistant General Counsel for Appeals in the FLRA Office of the General Counsel as well as in other positions in the Office of the General Counsel. She began her career in the Solicitor’s Office of the Department of Labor. Member Pope received her bachelor’s degree from Simmons College and her JD from Northeastern School of Law.
The appointment of Chairman Beck reestablishes a quorum at the FLRA, enabling the Members to exercise the agency’s power to adjudicate cases under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute. An independent Federal agency, the FLRA administers the labor-management relations program for non-Postal Service Federal employees worldwide, over 1 million of whom are exclusively represented in nearly 2,000 bargaining units. Three statutory components comprise the FLRA: the Authority decisional component; the Office of the General Counsel, which processes unfair labor practice charges and representation petitions through 7 Regional Offices; and the Federal Service Impasses Panel, which resolves impasses between Federal agencies and unions representing Federal employees arising from negotiations over conditions of employment.