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Diane Leigh selected to head state Labor Relations Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—May 16 , 2008

OLYMPIA—Diane Leigh has been appointed to head the state Labor Relations Office. Leigh has been acting director of the LRO since November 2007. The appointment was announced by Victor Moore, director of the state Office of Financial Management.

“Diane has an excellent grasp of labor and management issues in Washington, as well as our state’s collective bargaining processes,” Moore said. “I am confident she will work collaboratively with state agencies and labor organizations to negotiate labor agreements that meet the state’s priorities, goals and objectives.”

Leigh previously served as deputy director of the office, and has worked at the LRO since it began operation in 2003. Leigh has also been a labor relations program manager at the Washington State Department of Corrections.

“I am excited to continue my work in the Labor Relations Office,” said Leigh. “I will work hard to represent Governor Gregoire and the state as we negotiate fair contracts with our state employees.”

Under the Personnel System Reform Act of 2002, the LRO manages the collective bargaining process on behalf of the governor with union-represented state employees. The collective bargaining agreements negotiated between the state and unions address both compensation and working conditions.

“I am pleased Diane has been selected to lead the Labor Relations Office,” said Greg Devereux, executive director of the Washington Federation of State Employees. “We have always had good relations with Diane in the past, and I look forward to continuing to work with her as we negotiate our collective bargaining agreements.”

The Labor Relations Office is part of the state Office of Financial Management.

Contact: Glenn Kuper, Office of Financial Management, 360-902-7607