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Governor appoints Bob LaBrant to Michigan Employment Relations Commission

Friday, June 29, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Bob LaBrant, of Perry, to the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.

Housed within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the three-person commission works to resolve labor disputes involving public and private sector employees. It also administers the Compulsory Arbitration Act, Public Employment Relations Act and Labor Relations and Mediation Act. No more than two members can be from the same political party.

"Bob brings years of experience working with businesses, associations and public agencies, and I am confident he will effectively serve the commission and the people of Michigan," said Snyder.

LaBrant recently retired as general counsel for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, where he worked for 35 years. Previously, he served as the chamber's manager of political action programs, as press secretary for former U.S. Rep. Harold Froehlich of Wisconsin and worked for the Appleton, Wis. Chamber of Commerce. LaBrant also served as adjunct faculty at Lansing Community College and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, a degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and studied public relations at American University in Washington, D.C. LaBrant, a Republican, replaces Christine Anne Derdarian.

He will serve a three-year term that commences July 1, 2012 and expires June 30, 2015. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.