NMB announces reorganization

(Source: National Mediation Board press release, May 14, 2018)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Mediation Board (NMB) is pleased to announce the signing of a new Delegation Order, effective immediately, which reorganizes the NMB. The Office of Chief of Staff, the position of Chief of Staff, and the position of Assistant Chief of Staff are eliminated and two new offices have been created: Office of Fiscal Services (OFS) and Office of Information Services (OIS). As a result, the NMB has been reorganized into the following six (6) offices:

• Office of Legal Affairs (OLA);
• Office of Mediation Services (OMS);
• Office of Arbitration Services (OAS);
• Office of Administration (OA);
• Office of Fiscal Services (OFS); and
• Office of Information Services (OIS).

The heads of each of the six offices now report directly to the Chairman and the two Board Members. “The Board believes that these changes will greatly improve communications and enable the NMB to operate more efficiently and effectively,” said NMB Chairman Gerald W. Fauth III.

The National Mediation Board (NMB) is an independent agency created by the Railway Labor Act, which governs labor management relations in the railroad and airline industries. To avoid serious disruptions to the Nation’s economy and protect the public interest, the Act imposes on carriers and their employees the duty of settling disputes through negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. The NMB, headed by three Presidential appointees, has as its chief statutory responsibilities: (1) mediation of collective bargaining disputes; (2) determination of employee representation for collective bargaining processes; and (3) administration of a grievance arbitration system.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018