NLRB Chairman Wilma B. Liebman
Obama designated Wilma
B. Liebman to be Chairman of the NLRB on January 20, 2009.
B. Liebman has served as a Member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
since November 14, 1997. She was first appointed by President Clinton and
confirmed by the Senate to a five-year term that expired on December 16, 2002.
She was reappointed by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate to a second
term that will expire on August 27, 2011.
She was again reappointed by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate to a
third term that will expire on August 27, 2006.The NLRB is an independent federal
agency that decides unfair labor practice and representation cases under the
National Labor Relations Act.
Prior to joining the NLRB, Ms. Liebman served for two
years as Deputy Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
(FMCS). She acted as the chief operations officer of this federal agency,
overseeing arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, international affairs
and labor-management cooperation grants programs. In addition, Ms. Liebman
advised the FMCS Director on issues involving major labor disputes and
participated in significant negotiations as needed.
From 1994-1996, Ms. Liebman served as Special Assistant to
the Director of FMCS. In this role, she was a key member of the Mediator Task
Force on the Future of FMCS, an 18-member employee group charged with
articulating a vision and recommendations to lead the Agency into the 21st
Prior to joining FMCS in January 1994, Ms. Liebman was
Labor Counsel for the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen from 1990 through 1993.
She served as Legal Counsel to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for
nine years and as staff attorney with the NLRB from 1974 to 1980.
Ms. Liebman is an elected member of the Executive Board of
the Industrial Relations Research Association and of The College of Labor and
Employment Lawyers, Inc.
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Ms. Liebman holds a B.A.
from Barnard College in New York City and a J.D. from the George Washington
University Law Center. She resides in Washington, D.C.