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Governor appoints Natalie Priest Yaw to Michigan Employment Relations Commission

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Natalie Priest Yaw, of Detroit, 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.

"Natalie has years of experience working with businesses and associations, and I am confident she will be a great addition to the commission," said Snyder.

Yaw is vice president and legal counsel for RBS Citizens, NA, in Southfield, where she represents Citizens Financial Group and RBS Citizens on legal issues concerning claims regarding lender liability from commercial loans, retail banking customers, and consumer lending. Yaw previously worked at the Dickinson Wright law firm in Detroit where she managed complex litigation. She is a member of the state Bar of Michigan, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Wayne County chapter of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, and the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan. She has a bachelor's degree from Rice University and a law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. Yaw will replace Nino Green on the commission to represent Democrats.

Yaw will serve a three-year term that expires June 30, 2016. The appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.