Stephens Gets Nod to Head Labor Board


James M. Stephens was named by President Reagan on Thursday to succeed Donald L. Dotson as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board.

Stephens, a 41-year-old conservative Republican with a seat on the five-member board since 1985, has been a major force in turning the board toward a more moderate course from what labor leaders had viewed as an anti-union bias under Dotson's leadership.

The White House made no announcement Thursday on who will fill the vacancy on the board left by Dotson's departure. The designation of NLRB chairman does not require Senate confirmation.

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