President Biden has appointed longtime labor lawyer and former IAM Legal Fellow Deirdre Hamilton to the National Mediation Board (NMB). The NMB helps smooth out disputes in the rail and airline industries.

“We are very happy to see Ms. Hamilton appointed to the NMB,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “It’s refreshing to have worker friendly members appointed to these very important positions in the U.S. Government. Ms. Hamilton will serve rail and airline workers well, and protect the interests of all those in the sector to protect and grow these great middle-class jobs.”

In January, the IAM joined 18 unions representing rail and aviation workers in sending a letter  the Biden administration asking for some immediate attention to the National Mediation Board, which included the nomination of Hamilton.

Since 2014, Hamilton has served as a panelist at meetings of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Committee and Railway and Airline Labor Law Committee. Hamilton also serves as a Senior Editor for the ABA Railway Labor Act Treatise, Fourth Edition.

Hamilton received her J.D. from the University of Michigan in 2000 and her B.A. from Oberlin College.

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