President Obama Appoints NFFE President Dougan to National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations

Friday, February 26, 2010

Contact: Cory Bythrow, Communications Director
Phone: (202) 255-9950


Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, William R. Dougan, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, a national union representing 110,000 workers government-wide, was appointed as a Member of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations by President Obama.


Established by a December 2009 Executive Order, the Council is tasked with advising the President on ways to improve labor-management relations in the federal workforce. Composed of representatives from labor, management, and the Administration, the Council will be co-chaired by Office of Personnel Management Director, John Berry and the Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget, Jeffrey Zeints.


Appointed alongside a number of other employee representatives, National President Dougan will ensure that federal workers have a strong voice at the table.


“I am honored to be given this opportunity to serve the federal workforce,” said Dougan. “I look forward to working alongside my fellow labor and management representatives in developing common sense solutions that will benefit both the federal workplace and the nation.”


In the coming years, the Council will make recommendations to the Administration on how to build non-adversarial forums for employees, their unions, and managers to discuss government operations and improve the productivity and effectiveness of the Federal Government. After an era of deteriorating labor-management relations under the previous administration, NFFE is ready to do its part to build a better workplace for federal employees.


 “We are pleased to see that President Obama is serious about listening to the ideas and concerns of the federal employees that serve their nation every day,” Dougan said. “Now it’s time for us to roll up our sleeves and get to work.”


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