President Biden Selects UToledo Law Professor for Federal Labor Panel

August 30, 2021 | News, UToday, Alumni, Law
By Christine Billau

The White House announced that President Joe Biden appointed Dr. Joseph Slater, Distinguished University Professor and Eugene N. Balk Professor of Law and Values at The University of Toledo, to the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) Federal Service Impasses Panel.

The panel is a component of the FLRA that resolves impasses between federal agencies and unions representing federal employees. If bargaining between the parties, followed by mediation assistance, does not result in a voluntary agreement, then either party or the parties jointly may request the panel’s assistance.


Slater is an expert on labor and employment law, with a focus on public sector labor law. His insight is often featured in the media, including NPR, Forbes, Washington Post, ABC News, Chicago Sun-Times, Bloomberg Law and Columbus Dispatch.

“I am honored and excited to be part of the Federal Service Impasses Panel,” Slater said. “I hope to bring the skills and knowledge I acquired as a practitioner in Washington, D.C., before coming to Toledo in 1999 and what I have learned teaching in this area for over 20 years at UToledo.”

Slater earned his Ph.D. in history from Georgetown University, his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.

“We look forward to celebrating the national impact he has in this position,” said Geoffrey Rapp, the Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law and Values and senior associate dean for academic affairs at the UToledo College of Law.

Before joining the UToledo faculty, Slater practiced labor and employment law in Washington, D.C., for more than a decade. Since coming to Toledo, he has published numerous books and articles on labor and employment law, especially in the area of public-sector labor law.

In 2019, Professor Slater testified before Congress on the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act and the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act. He is a member of the Labor Law Group, a group of labor and employment law scholars, and of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a group of practitioners and academics specializing in labor and employment law.

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