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Labor arbitrator Richard Bloch: 1979. | by Washington Area Spark
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Labor arbitrator Richard Bloch: 1979.

Labor arbitrator Richard I Bloch is shown in a photograph in April 1979.


Bloch is known primarily to the public for his sports arbitrations, having served as permanent arbitrator for both Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and the National Football League.


In the Washington, D.C. area he also did a number of high profile arbitration cases for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, at one point serving as their permanent arbitrator.


In August 1978 he ruled that workers were entitled to a cost-of-living payment under their contract under a clause that said all terms of the labor agreement were to remain “undisturbed” during contract arbitration.


His ruling followed a week-long wildcat strike by Metro workers over the issue that resulted in a federal judge ordering an expedited arbitration of the issue and ordering WMATA to put the disputed money in escrow.


Bloch is a previous head of the National Academy of Arbitrators.


Bloch is also known as a top flight magician.


For a blog post on the turmoil in the D.C. transit union from 1974-80, see


For more information and related images, see


The photographer is unknown. The image was printed in the Local 689 News, date unknown but between 1976 and 1979 and was donated by Craig Simpson.


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Taken in April 1979