Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
  • Country: USA
  • City: Washington
  • Type of organization: Non-profit organization
  • Date of creation: 1947
  • Interests: Mediation – Arbitration - Training
  • Fields of expertise: Business, Workplace and Labor Disputes

[edit] Description

  • Mission-Driven to Build Partnerships, Resolve Conflict and Promote Successful Bargaining: The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, created in 1947, is an independent agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with two regional offices and more than 70 field offices, the agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.
  • Advancing the Nation's Welfare through Effective Settlements, Improved Labor-Management Relations and Conflict Resolution: Dispute mediation - and other conflict resolution services - are the tools and techniques used by FMCS to promote collective bargaining, strengthen labor-management relations, and enhance organizational effectiveness.

[edit] Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management

  • The Core of the FMCS Mission – Building Sound Labor-Management Relations through Mediation: For over 50 years, FMCS has promoted sound and stable labor-management relations by providing mediation assistance in contract negotiation disputes between employers and their unionized employees.
  • Collective Bargaining: Dispute mediation -- when a third-party neutral assists two sides in reaching agreement – is a key collective bargaining tool.
  • International: International programs provided by the FMCS
  • Workplace Mediation: Mediation services designed to address employer/employee disputes focused on equal employment opportunity, age discrimination and other issues outside the scope of collective bargaining.
  • Grievance Mediation: Resolving workplace grievances before they go to arbitration.
  • Public Policy & Negotiated Rule Making: Mediation services designed to facilitate open and inclusive rule-making and regulatory-setting processes by government agencies.

[edit] Relationship Development & Training

  • The Evolving Role of Federal Mediation -- Facilitation and Training to Improve the Labor-Management Relationship: FMCS provides assistance and training in cooperative processes to help labor and management break down traditional barriers and build better working relationships.
  • Alternative Bargaining Processes: Alternatives to traditional negotiating include interest-based bargaining.
  • Contract Administration Training: Translating a negotiated agreement from language to practice – teaching stewards and supervisors to work together effectively.
  • Custom Training & Workshops: Addressing specific labor-management needs through customer-designed dispute resolution training programs.
  • Interpersonal Communications: Communication techniques for building strong labor-management relationships.
  • Labor-Management Partnership Building: Training programs to create and assist labor-management committees and partnerships in addressing workplace.
  • Labor-Management Roles and Responsibilities: Developing understanding of organizational roles and responsibilities.
  • Organizational Development: Building organizational awareness and understanding to both labor and management.
  • Repairing Broken Relationships: Training labor and management in strategic planning principles and processes as a means of repairing damaged relationships.

[edit] Arbitration

Do you have a disagreement regarding the interpretation of your collective bargaining agreement? Arbitration Services can provide names of qualified neutrals to assist you in interpreting the contract and rendering a decision.

Arbitration is a proceeding voluntarily chosen by parties who want a dispute determined by an impartial judge of their own mutual selection. The parties agree in advance that the arbitrator’s decision -- based on the merits of the case – will be final and binding.

On the website of Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, you can find more information about:

  • Information about FMCS Arbitration Services
  • Hearing Officers in AL Education Legislation
  • Pay Arbitrator Fees
  • Arbitration Statistics
  • Arbitration Policies and Procedures
  • FMCS Arbitrator and Hearing Rules and Regulations
  • Arbitrator Code of Professional Responsibility
  • Requesting an Arbitration Panel from FMCS
  • How to Become an FMCS Arbitrator
  • Central Contractor Registration
  • Arbitration Forms
  • Arbitration FAQs
  • Got questions about FMCS' Arbitration Services?

[edit] Learning

  • A Commitment to Shared Understanding – FMCS Education and Training Programs: As the American workplace has grown more complex and challenging, so has the FMCS commitment to education and training expanded. Our Institute for Conflict Management presents the latest in collective bargaining tools and techniques, while workshops and academic partnerships build a foundation for program development. Our conference program showcases our thought leadership, and that of our clients.
  • FMCS Institute: The FMCS Institute offers client-focused training in labor-management relations, alternative dispute resolution, and organizational change
  • Conferences and Workshops: Calendar information for regional and statewide conferences focusing on labor relations and arbitration.

[edit] Contact

2100 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20427; 6161 Oak Tree Boulevard, Suite 120 Independence, OH 44131 – USA

Tel: (202) 606-8100; (216) 520-4800

Fax: (202) 606-4251; Fax: (216) 520-4815

Email: jbuettner@fmcs.gov

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