|NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD|
|Washington, D.C. 20572
June 25, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD (NMB)
Re: NMB Director of Mediation and ADR to Retire
Washington, D.C. – The National Mediation Board (NMB) regrets to announce that Larry Gibbons, its Director of NMB Mediation and ADR Services, has decided to retire in September of this year. He says, "This decision was not easy nor was it made in haste. After working full time for the past 45 years, the last 16 at the NMB, it is time to slow down a bit and enjoy life, while I'm still healthy and able to do so." Mr. Gibbons joined the agency in 1997 as a Senior Mediator; became Director of Mediation Services in 2003; and Director of the Office of Mediation and ADR Services in 2011.
Mr. Gibbons has overall responsibility for managing the agency's Mediation program. He is credited for improving staff training and development, and the effectiveness of the NMB Mediation and ADR programs. During his 16 years, the Mediation department has guided the parties to resolution of their collective-bargaining disputes over 99 percent of hundreds of cases that have come before the Board, including cases on all the major U.S. airlines and National Handling of Class-1 railroads. During his watch, there have been only 2 work stoppages among the major airlines, and none at all in the railroad industry.
Mr. Gibbons brought to the Board 25 years of experience in personnel and labor relations under the Railway Labor Act and the National Labor Relations Act. Immediately prior to joining the NMB, he headed Human Resources and Labor Relations with ABX Air, Inc. (Airborne Express) for 12 years and for two years was an independent labor relations consultant. He is a past President and Member of the AIRCON Executive Board.
The National Mediation Board is an independent Federal agency established by the Railway Labor Act, which governs labor-management relations within two key transportation sectors of the United States and U.S. territories: the railroads and airlines. Under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), the National Mediation Board is assigned the difficult task of assisting carrier and union officials in reaching voluntary agreement on wages, benefits and working conditions, after the parties themselves have reached impasse.
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