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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 […]

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:  The Biden Administration has failed to nominate and confirm an FMCS Director. Cyrus S. Ching (1947; Truman) David L. Cole (1952; Truman) Whitney P. McCoy (1953; Eisenhower) Joseph F. Finnegan (1955; Eisenhower) […]

FMCS 75th Anniversary     FMCS to Celebrate 75th Anniversary During Conflict Resolution Week   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 11, 2022) – The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) is celebrating National Conflict Resolution Week this year along with its 75th anniversary as the nation’s premier public agency for dispute resolution and conflict management. Conflict Resolution […]

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