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August 2023 News Update

As of October 12, 2023 no movement on the FMCS Director Nomination. The following news from the Senate seems to be less than favorable for the nomination; 06.15.2023 Ranking Member Cassidy, Braun Urge Pause on Biden Nominee Amid Allegations of Discrimination and Retaliation WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), ranking member of the […]

2022 FMCS Reorganization is Finalized

2022 Reorganization is Finalized Acting Director Greg Goldstein Deputy Director Javier Rameriz Deputy Director for Policy and Strategy Josh Flax Associate Deputy Director of Field Operations National Sarah Cudahy Associate Deputy Director of Field Operations Regional Beth Schindler Client Services Manager Kevin Buffington Field Operations Managers Region 1 Pete Donatello, Field Operations Manager pdonatello@fmcs.gov Region […]

FMCS and Baseball

FMCS has been in the news of late connected to the Major League Baseball lockout. As indicated in the article linked here Major League Baseball requested assistance from FMCS. UPDATE Letter from MLB Commissioner To Our Fans: I had hoped against hope that I would not have to be in the position of canceling games. We worked hard […]

Panama and FMCS

FMCS has played a key role in Panama.  Specifically for the Panama Canal Labor Relations System.  FMCS provided services to the U.S. Panama Canal Commission out of the Southern District.  The FMCS role was multifaceted including mediation of collective bargaining agreements and midterm issues under the Federal Labor Relations Statute, and even some commercial mediation […]

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 […]

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