|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||(R-2354)|
|Monday, November 22, 1999||202/273-1991|
JOHN TRUESDALE CONTINUES AS NLRB CHAIRMAN FOLLOWING UNANIMOUS SENATE CONFIRMATION
The Senate, late on November 19 before Congress adjourned, approved by unanimous consent President Clinton's nomination of John C. Truesdale to the National Labor Relations Board. Since December 4, 1998, the veteran NLRB official had been serving as Chairman of the five-Member Board pursuant to a recess appointment and designation by President Clinton. He will continue as Chairman following his Senate confirmation.
Mr. Truesdale previously served two recess terms as Board Member during the Clinton Administration, from January 24 to March 3, 1994 and from December 23, 1994, to January 3, 1996. He also served as Board Member during the Carter Administration, from October 25, 1977 to August 27, 1980, and a recess term from October 23, 1980 to January 25, 1981.
Mr. Truesdale's current term of office on the Board will officially expire on August 27, 2003. However, Mr. Truesdale, who is 78 and had previously retired from the Board in January 1996, has publicly stated that he intends to step down following the inauguration of a new President.
During his long NLRB career, Mr. Truesdale has served in a number of career positions, including 20 years as Executive Secretary. He began his career with the Agency in 1948 as a Field Examiner in Buffalo, New York (Region 3). Other positions he held included Deputy Executive Secretary, Associate Executive Secretary, Administrative Analyst in the Division of Operations-Management, Office of the General Counsel, and Field Examiner in New Orleans, Louisiana (Region 15). From 1957-1963, Mr. Truesdale was with the National Academy of Sciences' International Geophysical Year Committee. He thereafter returned to the NLRB until his retirement in 1996.
Mr. Truesdale served as President of the Association of Labor Relations Agencies from 1992-1993 and as an Executive Board member from 1983-1995. He has served as President of the District of Columbia Chapter of the Industrial Relations Research Association in 1989. After retiring from the Board in 1996, he was on the roster of arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the National Mediation Board, and the Oregon Employment Relations Board. He also is a member of the Foreign Service Grievance Board.
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and raised in Grinnell, Iowa, Mr. Truesdale received an A.B. degree from Grinnell College in 1942, an M.S. degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1948, and a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1972. In 1988, he was selected as one of the winners of the President's Meritorious Rank Award for Senior Executives. A member of the American, Maryland, and D.C. Bar Associations, he is an Emeritus Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
A Coast Guard veteran of World War II, Mr. Truesdale saw service in both the European and Pacific theatres.
He resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife Karin. They are the parents of four grown children: Jack, Charles, Margaret, and Andrew, and have nine grandchildren.
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