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The Senate on Friday confirmed by voice vote the nomination of Harry Hoglander to be a Member of the National Mediation Board (NMB). The three-member NMB is the independent federal agency charged with overseeing collective bargaining and representation under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), which provides employees in the aviation and railroad industries the right to organize and bargain collectively.
Hoglander has been a member of the NMB since August 6, 2002, and has twice served as its chairman. A former commercial airline and U.S. Air Force pilot, Hoglander also served as the executive vice-president of the Airline Pilots Association. In addition, Hoglander is an attorney and member of the Florida Bar Association who worked as a legislative specialist for Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) on matters concerning transportation, labor, defense and veterans affairs. Hoglander’s term is set to expire on July 1, 2011.