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Obama appoints new members to labor-management council

By Ariel Levin-Waldman
Special to Federal News Radio

Four new members joined the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations this week.

President Barack Obama nominated the following members Tuesday:

Obama created the National Council through an executive order in 2009. It was created to improve relations between labor unions and federal managers. Set to terminate two years later, the council was extended by executive order in 2011.

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Unions say the agency offers an opportunity for workers to be heard and best practices put forward, but the council has drawn fire from former George W. Bush appointee George Nesterczuk, who said letting unions influence policy presents a conflict of interest.

Former President Bush discontinued a similar initiative that was started under former President Bill Clinton.

Ariel Levin-Waldman is an intern with Federal News Radio

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