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The following posts are submitted by Jerome T. Barrett. Dr. Barrett pertaining to his career as a labor mediator, commissioner, and director of the Office of Technical Services of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

How a Union Supported a Republican Nominee for FMCS Director

Richard Giacolone was nominated in 2019 by President Trump as Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). Since his nomination, his confirmation had languished in the Senate until recently when MTD President Hart and IAM President Martinez stepped in to support Mr. Giacolone. MTD President Hart “Mr. Giacolone served as the mediator of […]

FMCS Directors List

Directors of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (with the date they took office listed and the President who made the appointment shown in parentheses), are as follows:   On June 15, 2021, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Javier Ramirez to be the next Director, as of 1/14/2022 has not been confirmed by the Senate. Cyrus S. […]

Sam Zuiker Humor

Sam Zuiker [1]At Director Kay McMurray’s first National Conference, he talked too long at the end of a long day. Then he asked for questions. Sam asked, “If your presentation goes on past midnight, do we get credit for a second meeting?”  Kay of course did not know the agency practice of giving a mediator […]

FMCS and The Red Scare of the 1950s

[1]The expansion of the Soviet Union into Eastern Europe, the Berlin Blockade, and other aggressive actions including espionage following World War 11 caused fear and anxiety in the U.S. Taking advantage of these conditions in the early 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy, as head of the Senate Permanent Investigating Committee, used hearings and investigations to accuse […]

Another Book Effortlessly

In 2005, I co-authored a book on interest based bargaining (IBB) with an Irishman named John O’Doud. Our book title was Interest-Based Bargaining: A Users Guide. The book’s purpose was to convert my previous books and papers into a text for Irish readers, which would fit Ireland’s labor laws, customs and practices. John arranged for […]

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