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Livingood Appointed as Senior Mediator in the Office of Mediation Services


August 3, 2020



Contact: NMB Public Information Line — (202) 692-5050

Re: Livingood Appointed as Senior Mediator in the Office of Mediation Services

Washington, DC — The National Mediation Board (NMB) is pleased to announce that Mr. John M. Livingood has been selected as one of two new Senior Mediators, effective August 3, 2020. He replaces Patricia Sims, who became the Director of Mediation in October 2018.

John M. Livingood joined the National Mediation Board in April 2000, as a Mediator, working on both airline and railroad cases.

Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Livingood had over 19 years of experience in Labor Relations in the rail industry, including at National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK) and Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail). Additionally, he has 3 years of experience in private practice as a mediator and arbitrator.

Mr. Livingood holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University, a Juris Doctor from Villanova Law School, and an LL.M. from Temple University Law School.

The second Senior Mediator hire will be announced at a later date.


The National Mediation Board (NMB) is an independent agency created by the Railway Labor Act, which governs labor management relations in the railroad and airline industries. To avoid serious disruptions to the Nation’s economy and protect the public interest, the Act imposes on carriers and their employees the duty of settling disputes through negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. The NMB, headed by three Presidential appointees, has as its chief statutory responsibilities: (1) mediation of collective bargaining disputes; (2) determination of employee representation for collective bargaining processes; and (3) administration of a grievance arbitration system.

Contact: NMB Public Information Line: 202-692-5050

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