|NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD|
|Washington, D.C. 20572
July 1, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD (NMB)
Re: Puchala Assumes NMB Chairmanship
Washington, D.C. – The National Mediation Board (NMB) is pleased to announce that Ms. Linda Puchala has been selected a third time as Chairman of the National Mediation Board, effective July 1, 2013. Harry Hoglander remains as a Member of the Board, and one position is vacant.
Nominated by President Barack Obama, Ms. Puchala was confirmed as Member of the National Mediation Board by the United States Senate on May 21, 2009. She was sworn in on May 26, 2009, completing the term of her predecessor as Chairman through June 30, 2009. She most recently served as Chairman from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012.
Prior to becoming a Member, Ms. Puchala served 10 years at the National Mediation Board as a Mediator, Sr. Mediator (ADR) and the Associate Director of Alternative Dispute Resolution Services. Ms. Puchala's prior labor relations experience includes work as International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO and Staff Director, Michigan State Employees Association, AFSCME, AFL-CIO.
Ms. Puchala resides in Glen Burnie, Maryland, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Cleary University in Howell, Michigan. She has two daughters, Jennifer Adams and Jessica Puchala.
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.
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