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Teamsters Applaud Confirmation of Deirdre Hamilton to Serve on National Mediation Board

(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters Union applauds today’s confirmation of Deirdre Hamilton to serve as a member on the National Mediation Board (NMB) by the U.S. Senate. Hamilton brings more than 20 years of experience representing workers before federal courts and the NMB on a wide range of legal issues.

Hamilton has served as the staff attorney for the Teamsters Airline Division for the past six years and at the Association of Flight Attendants for the previous 12 years. In these roles, she has expertly represented the union and its members in NMB elections and mediations and advised bargaining committees for various crafts or classes of airline employees at multiple carriers.

“Thanks to today’s confirmation, workers across the country in our rail and airline industries have a true champion serving on the board,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “I have no doubt that Ms. Hamilton will uplift workers’ rights and improve labor-management relations as a member of the NMB.”

Created by Congress through the Railway Labor Act (RLA), the NMB plays an essential role in the facilitation of labor-management relations in the aviation and rail industries. Tens of thousands of Teamsters work in these industries as mechanics, pilots, flight attendants, engineers, and maintenance of way employees, among other critical roles.

“Ms. Hamilton will be an outstanding member of NMB,” said Teamsters Rail Conference Director and Vice President At-Large John Murphy. “She has consistently demonstrated her commitment to putting workers first throughout her career and I am confident she will continue to do so as a member of the board.”

“Ms. Hamilton has done an outstanding job serving as staff attorney to the Airline Division these past six years,” said Teamsters Airline Division Director Capt. David Bourne. “Her experience and depth of knowledge have proven invaluable. All airline and rail workers will only benefit from her service as a member of the NMB.”

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