February 10, 1982

The President today announced his intention to appoint Robert G. Howlett to be Chairman and member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel, Federal Labor Relations Authority, for the remainder of the term expiring January 10, 1984. He would succeed Howard G. Gamser.

Since 1949 Mr. Howlett has been a partner in the firm now known as Schmidt, Howlett, Van't Hof, Snell & Vana in Grand Rapids, Mich. He has also been a member and chairman of the committees of the section of labor relations law, American Bar Association. He served as a member and chairman of the Michigan Labor Mediation Board (now Michigan Employment Relations Commission) in 1963-76. In 1976 Mr. Howlett was appointed by President Ford as Chairman of the Federal Service Impasses Panel and served in that capacity until 1978.

He graduated from Northwestern University (B.S., 1929; J.D., 1932). He is married, has three children, and resides in Grand Rapids, Mich. Mr. Howlett was born November 10, 1906, in Bay City, Mich.