Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service The FMCS is an independent Federal agency that provides mediation and resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities. If you're looking for the official source of information about the FMCS, please visit www.fmcs.gov

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Congratulations to the Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) on 60 years of faithful and dedicated public service to our natio...
10/27/2021
Federal Executive Boards

Congratulations to the Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) on 60 years of faithful and dedicated public service to our nation! The FEBs use FMCS to provide training on mediations skills and other topics to various Federal Agencies throughout the year and they are an invaluable networking source to help us connect with leaders at Federal Agencies across the nation. Happy anniversary to Baltimore Federal Executive Board, Philadelphia Federal Executive Board, DFW Federal Executive Board, Seattle Federal Executive Board, Federal Executive Board of Minnesota, Oklahoma Federal Executive Board, Chicago Federal Executive Board, and all of the others. To learn more about FEBs, visit https://www.feb.gov/

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09/16/2021
Voter Information and Registration

In keeping with President Biden's Executive Order 14019, Promoting Access to Voting, FMCS is sharing information on the importance of voter participation as a critical aspect to a well-functioning democratic republic, as established by our Constitution. Please click to read more and find out how you can register to vote and participate in your civic duty.

Voter Information and Registration Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service sent this bulletin at 09/16/2021 09:16 AM EDT Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Voter Information and Registration On March 7, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14019, Promoting Access to...

Congratulations to FMCS Commissioner Stephanie Collier on your Executive Director's Award from the DFW Federal Executive...
08/31/2021
2021 DFW FEB Public Service Awards

Congratulations to FMCS Commissioner Stephanie Collier on your Executive Director's Award from the DFW Federal Executive Board! Way to go! See Commissioner Collier's award presentation starting at 26:13 in the below video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSko-dwNaEg

Welcome to the Dallas Ft. Worth Federal Executive Board2021 Public Service Awards - The FEBies. The DFW FEB received over 1,000 nominations for Public Servic...

Save the Date! FMCS Virtual NLMC coming July 12-13, 2022.
08/12/2021
Save the Date - FMCS Virtual National Labor-Management Conference - July 12-13, 2022!

Save the Date! FMCS Virtual NLMC coming July 12-13, 2022.

Save the Date - FMCS Virtual National Labor-Management Conference - July 12-13, 2022! Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service sent this bulletin at 08/12/2021 09:08 AM EDT Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. QUESTIONS? Contact Us STAY CONNECTED SUBSCRIBER SERVICES:Manage Pre...

Guess which Agency is one of the 20?  That's right! FMCS is proud to work with America250 on preparations for commemorat...
08/04/2021

Guess which Agency is one of the 20? That's right! FMCS is proud to work with America250 on preparations for commemorating our country's semiquincentennial!

Today we reached an agreement with 20 federal agencies to commemorate #America250! Each of our federal partners offer unique and important perspectives that will be invaluable on our journey to 2026. We can't wait to see what we do together.

Read more about the agreement: https://bit.ly/3jvW7BV

FMCS is pleased to make our second call for collaborators under its university collaboration program. Click below to lea...
07/27/2021
FMCS is Seeking Collaboration with Universities

FMCS is pleased to make our second call for collaborators under its university collaboration program. Click below to learn more!

FMCS is Seeking Collaboration with Universities Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service sent this bulletin at 07/27/2021 10:43 AM EDT News and Updates - July 27, 2021 FMCS is Seeking Collaboration with Universities The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) believes that there is a gre...

07/07/2021
FMCS Institute Training: Registration now open for some of our most in-demand courses!

Registration is now open for some of our most in-demand courses. Learn more about these dynamic FMCS Institute workshops (now available online) and register today!

We have multiple, dynamic online workshops to deliver practical, experience-based, conflict resolution techniques for individuals and groups. These programs provide participants the opportunity to interact with and learn from experienced practitioners. Register today for some of our most in-demand c...

05/03/2021
PRESS RELEASE: FMCS Co-Signs Partnership For Public Service’s Proclamation of Public Service Recognition Week

“Our Agency is grateful to the Partnership for Public Service for their outstanding and unrelenting support to public servants. Our employees, and those around the country serving the public, deserve our recognition for their unwavering devotion to our Nation and its people.” - FMCS Dep. Dir. Gary Hattal (Click to read more!)

WASHINGTON, DC (May 3, 2021) – The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) is pleased to join the Partnership for Public Service as one of 63 co-signatories to their proclamation of the 2021 Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW).

04/30/2021
FMCS Institute Training for the real-word challenges in the new world of work

Limited spaces remaining! Don't miss your chance to participate in these leading-edge conflict resolution and organizational change workshops from the FMCS Institute. Register now.

We have multiple dynamic workshops to deliver practical, experience-based, conflict resolution techniques for individuals and groups. These programs provide participants the opportunity to interact with and learn from experienced practitioners. Register today and take advantage of this timely, onlin...

New courses are available, register now! Our conflict resolution training is specifically designed to meet the real-worl...
03/29/2021
The FMCS Institute has can't miss solutions for your training needs! Registration available now.

New courses are available, register now! Our conflict resolution training is specifically designed to meet the real-world workplace challenges of today.

You have probably heard the expression “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” Maybe it’s true somewhere, but when it comes to dealing with our biases, it could not be farther from the truth. In the first session, we will look at the biases we all have, many of which we may not be conscious ...

We deliver practical, experience-based, conflict resolution training specifically designed to meet the real-world challe...
03/11/2021
Have you seen our new courses? Register today and prepare for the future of work.

We deliver practical, experience-based, conflict resolution training specifically designed to meet the real-world challenges of labor-management relations and organizational change. New courses are available now, register today!

Dealing effectively with conflict in the workplace has become a critical function in public and private organizations. Employers and employees are increasingly turning towards mediation to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation. Mediation has successfully applied to many types of workplace dispu...

"Dr. King is famously remembered for calling upon us to care about the content of one’s character.  His shining example ...
01/15/2021
FMCS Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

"Dr. King is famously remembered for calling upon us to care about the content of one’s character. His shining example and dream is incredibly appropriate as we all struggle in this tumultuous year." https://www.fmcs.gov/fmcs-statement-on-martin-luther-king-jr-day/

This Monday, January 18th is an important day. On the third Monday of each January we, as a nation, celebrate the life, wisdom, compassion, and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was truly a remarkable American patriot, whose life was tragically cut short in Memphis on April 4, 1968 by t...

New dates available! Our remote training and live webinars are making it easier than ever to collaborate, build relevant...
12/30/2020
[Webinar Invite] It's not too late to invest in yourself! Additional dates added for FMCS Institute courses. Register today.

New dates available! Our remote training and live webinars are making it easier than ever to collaborate, build relevant skills & resolve conflict in the virtual workplace. Have you registered yet? Sign up for a course today.

The challenges that organizations and teams face have not gone away despite the recent transition to virtual meetings. Now, more than ever, bringing people together to adapt to change, resolve conflicts, solve problems, and make plans that include everyone's input is paramount. Using familiar workpl...

FMCS is pleased to announce its newly established university collaboration program! Click to read more!
12/01/2020
ANNOUNCEMENT: FMCS University Collaboration Program

FMCS is pleased to announce its newly established university collaboration program! Click to read more!

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) believes that there is a great mutual benefit to be gained through collaboration with academic institutions. FMCS mediators, with their wealth of practical experience, have much to contribute to the learning and research in the field of Alternati...

Have you registered yet? Some of our most popular courses sell out quickly, but there's still time to act! Take a look a...
11/17/2020
[Webinar Invite] New and in-demand FMCS Institute courses open now! Register today.

Have you registered yet? Some of our most popular courses sell out quickly, but there's still time to act! Take a look at our newest courses on topics like Fostering Engagement in the Virtual World and The Art & Science of Asking Questions. Build skills needed now for the new world of work. Register today.

The challenges that organizations and teams face have not gone away despite the recent transition to virtual meetings. Now, more than ever, bringing people together to adapt to change, resolve conflicts, solve problems, and make plans that include everyone's input is paramount. Using familiar workpl...

10/26/2020
PRESS RELEASE: FMCS Launches Electronic FOIA Processing System

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) launched the new FOIAXpress software today to process and track Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and appeals. Click to read more!

WASHINGTON, DC (Oct. 26, 2020) – The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) launched the new FOIAXpress software today to process and track Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and appeals.

High-demand FMCS Institute courses available now. Reserve your space today because our most popular courses fill quickly...
10/21/2020
[Webinar Invite] FMCS Institute high-demand courses back open! Register today.

High-demand FMCS Institute courses available now. Reserve your space today because our most popular courses fill quickly. Take a look and register now.

This course is geared toward labor-management practitioners with substantial experience in labor relations (pursuant to collective bargaining) who wish to become labor arbitrators. The course can also enhance the practice and skills of current arbitrators.

Have you registered yet? Don't miss out on these timely and convenient virtual training opportunities with best practice...
09/29/2020
[Webinar Invite] New FMCS Institute courses available! Registration open now.

Have you registered yet? Don't miss out on these timely and convenient virtual training opportunities with best practices to help you work together more efficiently! Take a look and register now.

To learn about custom-tailored courses for your organization taught by seasoned labor-relations practitioners, or to inquire about discounted group rates, contact Valerie Harragin at [email protected]

With almost 1500 registered attendees, the 2020 virtual NLMC, titled The Collaborative Connected Workplace, was one of t...
08/20/2020
PRESS RELEASE: FMCS Virtual NLMC A Success and Lesson In Modern Flexibility

With almost 1500 registered attendees, the 2020 virtual NLMC, titled The Collaborative Connected Workplace, was one of the largest FMCS conferences ever and proved to be an overwhelming success. Click to read more!

WASHINGTON, DC (Aug. 20, 2020) – The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) concluded their biennial National Labor-Management Conference (NLMC) yesterday as a 100-percent virtual event.

08/19/2020

As we close out the last day of our biennial National Labor Management Conference, this year virtually, FMCS Director Richard Giacolone is pleased to report that "the human capacity for pragmatic innovation, combined with the persistent focus on achieving the objective at hand, has won the day. The inconceivable became conceivable, and, in the end, we were able to come together and have a wonderful intellectually stimulating, content-rich conference." See you all in Chicago in two years!

Counter-clockwise from upper right, FMCS Director Richard Giacolone, FSIP Chairman Mark Anthony Carter, FLRA Chairman Co...
08/19/2020

Counter-clockwise from upper right, FMCS Director Richard Giacolone, FSIP Chairman Mark Anthony Carter, FLRA Chairman Colleen Duffy Kiko, and FMCS mediator Joshua Flax talk about federal sector labor relations today in a panel discussion attended by more than 440 of the 1500 people attending a variety of panels and workshops at the FMCS 2020 Virtual National Labor Management Conference.

FMCS' Virtual NLMC Day 2 begins now! Let's get this party started! Asst. Prof. Jay W. Richards from Catholic University ...
08/19/2020

FMCS' Virtual NLMC Day 2 begins now! Let's get this party started! Asst. Prof. Jay W. Richards from Catholic University kicks us off with a presentation on the future of AI and automation.

FMCS Director Rich Giacolone opens up the 2020 Virtual NLMC - "Though virtual, this is the largest turnout in a long tim...
08/18/2020

FMCS Director Rich Giacolone opens up the 2020 Virtual NLMC - "Though virtual, this is the largest turnout in a long time...approx 1500 attendees. It is a positive and auspicious sign that even in this ultra difficult situation so many of you see the value in labor and mgmt coming together in this virtual space to meet the mutual challenges of collective bargaining and cooperation." #fmcsatwork

08/14/2020
PRESS RELEASE: Senate Confirms FMCS Director

The United States Senate confirmed President Trump’s nomination of Richard Giacolone as Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) in a voice vote on Aug. 13. Click to read more!

WASHINGTON, DC (Aug. 14, 2020) – The United States Senate confirmed President Trump’s nomination of Richard Giacolone as Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) in a voice vote on Aug. 13.

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT! Register today for only $50!
08/11/2020
ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT!

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT! Register today for only $50!

Richard L. Trumka has served the 12.5 million members of the AFL-CIO as president since 2009. An outspoken advocate for social and economic justice, Trumka is a leading voice on the critical need to strengthen the middle class by restoring workers’ freedom to join and form unions.

08/10/2020
PRESS RELEASE: FMCS Statement on Labor Agreement Between Bath Iron Works and International Association of Machinists Local S6

“This weekend, representatives from Bath Iron Works and International Association of Machinists Local S6 signed a tentative agreement which, following ratification, will end the shipyard worker strike in Bath, Maine. Though FMCS cannot comment on the substance of their specific negotiations, FMCS was honored to assist the parties in coming to a mutually acceptable resolution of their dispute.”

WASHINGTON, DC (Aug. 10, 2020) – The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) issued the following statement today on the tentative agreement in the labor negotiations between Bath Iron Works and International Association of Machinists Local S6:

08/06/2020
PRESS RELEASE: FMCS Statement on Continued Labor Negotiations Between Bath Iron Works and International Association of Machinists Local S6 (UPDATED)

“Today, representatives from Bath Iron Works and International Association of Machinists Local S6 agreed to three additional articles as progress continues in their negotiations with FMCS assistance.

Though FMCS cannot comment on the substance or status of their specific negotiations, FMCS mediators are working with the parties to resolve the issues that divide them. The parties have agreed to a total to eight articles including many of the key topics in this dispute."

FMCS Statement on Continued Labor Negotiations Between Bath Iron Works and International Association of Machinists Local S6 (UPDATED)

08/05/2020
PRESS RELEASE: FMCS Statement on Continued Labor Negotiations Between Bath Iron Works and International Association of Machinists Local S6

“Yesterday, representatives from Bath Iron Works and International Association of Machinists Local S6 agreed to three additional articles as progress continues in their negotiations with FMCS assistance. Though FMCS cannot comment on the substance or status of their specific negotiations, FMCS mediators are working with the parties to resolve the issues that divide them. The first two articles were agreed to on Aug. 3, bringing the total to five as talks continue.”

FMCS Statement on Continued Labor Negotiations Between Bath Iron Works and International Association of Machinists Local S6

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Congratulations to the Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) on 60 years of faithful and dedicated public service to our nation! The FEBs use FMCS to provide training on mediations skills and other topics to various Federal Agencies throughout the year and they are an invaluable networking source to help us connect with leaders at Federal Agencies across the nation. Happy anniversary to Baltimore Federal Executive Board, Philadelphia Federal Executive Board, DFW Federal Executive Board, Seattle Federal Executive Board, Federal Executive Board of Minnesota, Oklahoma Federal Executive Board, Chicago Federal Executive Board, and all of the others. To learn more about FEBs, visit https://www.feb.gov/
In keeping with President Biden's Executive Order 14019, Promoting Access to Voting, FMCS is sharing information on the importance of voter participation as a critical aspect to a well-functioning democratic republic, as established by our Constitution. Please click to read more and find out how you can register to vote and participate in your civic duty.
Congratulations to FMCS Commissioner Stephanie Collier on your Executive Director's Award from the DFW Federal Executive Board! Way to go! See Commissioner Collier's award presentation starting at 26:13 in the below video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSko-dwNaEg
Save the Date! FMCS Virtual NLMC coming July 12-13, 2022.
Guess which Agency is one of the 20? That's right! FMCS is proud to work with America250 on preparations for commemorating our country's semiquincentennial!
FMCS is pleased to make our second call for collaborators under its university collaboration program. Click below to learn more!
Registration is now open for some of our most in-demand courses. Learn more about these dynamic FMCS Institute workshops (now available online) and register today!
“Our Agency is grateful to the Partnership for Public Service for their outstanding and unrelenting support to public servants. Our employees, and those around the country serving the public, deserve our recognition for their unwavering devotion to our Nation and its people.” - FMCS Dep. Dir. Gary Hattal (Click to read more!)
Limited spaces remaining! Don't miss your chance to participate in these leading-edge conflict resolution and organizational change workshops from the FMCS Institute. Register now.
New courses are available, register now! Our conflict resolution training is specifically designed to meet the real-world workplace challenges of today.
We deliver practical, experience-based, conflict resolution training specifically designed to meet the real-world challenges of labor-management relations and organizational change. New courses are available now, register today!
"Dr. King is famously remembered for calling upon us to care about the content of one’s character. His shining example and dream is incredibly appropriate as we all struggle in this tumultuous year." https://www.fmcs.gov/fmcs-statement-on-martin-luther-king-jr-day/