The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, joins with the Federal Workers Alliance in a letter to Senate leadership urging the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee to promptly hold a hearing on the President’s nomination of Suzanne Summerlin as General Counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

The Authority has been without a confirmed General Counsel since January 20, 2017.

The FWA letter cites Ms. Summerlin’s extensive experience.

“Ms. Summerlin will bring to the Authority her broad and extensive experience in federal sector labor law, having advocated before the Authority on behalf of a wide range of civilian employees at more than thirty agencies, including U.S. Forest Service wildland firefighters, Department of State passport processors, General Services Administration contract administrators, Veterans Administration medical professionals, Transportation Security Administration security screeners, and Army Corps of Engineers employees. Ms. Summerlin currently serves as Deputy General Counsel and Deputy Executive Director of one of the FWA’s member unions, the Federal Education Association, which represents educators who serve our military families stateside and overseas. Previously, Ms. Summerlin served as Associate General Counsel of another FWA union, the National Federation of Federal Employees, which is the federal sector affiliate of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. She was also Peggy Browning Fund Fellow at the American Federation of Government Employees within the AFL-CIO. She has also negotiated collective bargaining agreements on behalf of doctors and nurses at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and educators serving in Europe and Asia with the Department of Defense Education Activity.”

See the full letter.

2023-06-23 - FWA Ltr to HSGAC re Summerlin FLRA nom