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Senate Confirms Labor Board Chairman

The Senate confirmed Stanford University law professor William B. Gould IV as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday after months of delay caused by conservatives who said he was biased in favor of labor unions.

The 58-38 vote reflected unanimous support from the Democrats present and the votes of Republican Sens. Bob Packwood of Oregon and James Jeffords of Vermont. All negative votes came from Republicans.

Immediately after the Gould roll call, other nominees to the labor board were approved by voice vote to complete the board, which has been unable to function for lack of members. Joining Gould on the board will be Philadelphia labor lawyer Margaret Browning, a Democrat, and Washington management lawyer Charles Cohen, a Republican.

Fred Feinstein, counsel to the House Education and Labor labor-management subcommittee, will be the board's general counsel. Existing board members are James Stephens, a Republican, and Dennis Devaney, a Democrat. AP

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WASHINGTON

Emerson Seeks Delay Of EPA Pesticide Rule

Republicans Bill Emerson of Missouri and John Boehner of Ohio, both members of the House Agriculture Committee, have proposed legislation seeking to delay Environmental Protection Agency rules requiring increased pesticide protection for the nation's farm workers. They want Congress to postpone the effective date from April 22 to Oct. 23, 1995.

The rules, known as the Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides, would require that laborers who handle pesticides wear protective clothing, understand the chemicals they're dealing with and not enter fields too soon after spraying. …