Three members of NMB panel have wealth of labor relations experience

The three members of the panel chosen by the National Mediation Board to resolve the BLE-UTU dispute are noted for their vast wealth of experience and knowledge in labor relations.

Arnold M. Zack, Richard I. Bloch and Richard R. Kasher will make a final and binding decision on whether "Train and Engine Service Employees" is the proper craft on Union Pacific and whether the UTU properly invoked the Board's Railroad Merger Procedures in this case.

Arnold Zack, who will chair the panel, currently resides in the Boston area and received his A.B. from Tufts University in Mass. He went on to receive a L.L.B. from Yale Law School and returned to the Boston area to receive a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.

He has worked as an arbitrator in a variety of industries including: automotive, aerospace, bakery, beverage, entertainment, broadcasting, retail, chemical, gas and electric power and the public sector.

Mr. Zack has also worked as a consultant to the United Nations Mission to the Congo, to the U.S. Department of Labor and to U.S. AID. He is a member of the National Association of Arbitrators and the Industrial Relations Research Association.

He is widely respected throughout the labor industry and has written several books, including two with fellow panel member Richard Bloch, titled The Labor Agreement in Arbitration and Negotiation (1983) and Arbitration of Discipline Cases: Concepts and Questions (1979).

Bloch resides in Washington, D.C. He received his A.B. from Dartmouth College, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. He is a labor arbitrator and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University. Bloch is a member of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the American Arbitration Association and the National Mediation Board.

He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Michigan Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Industrial Relations Research Association. He is the vice-president of the National Academy of Arbitrators.

Bloch has worked as an arbitrator with many industries, including: broadcasting, sports, steel, aluminum and auto. He has published several books and many articles.

Richard Kasher is the panel member whom BLE members may be familiar with. Kasher resides in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He received his B.A. from Queens College, his Juris Doctorate from Boston University and his L.L.M. from New York University.

He has worked with the National Football League, the airline industry, the hotel and restaurant industry, the communications industry and many others.

All three have worked extensively in the transportation industries.

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