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FMCS Director McCoy Lost his Job to Joe Finnegan

President Eisenhower’s Secretary of Labor James Mitchell (1953–1961) had extensive experience in collective bargaining and labor relations. Early in WW II, Mitchell headed the labor relations division of the Army Construction Program, later he served as director of industrial personnel for the War Department, in charge of one million men. After World War II, he returned to the […]

William (Bill) Simkin: Longest Servicing FMCS Director (1961 to 1969)

Bill Simkin majored in economics while attending the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1937. He would later report having the good fortune of developed a relationship with Professor George W. Taylor, a famous labor-management arbitrator and in the view of scholars “the father of grievance arbitration.” Simkin became Taylor’s assistant in his mediation and […]

Seven former FMCS Directors

Six former FMCS Directors plus the Current Director

Seven former FMCS Directors pictured during the 50th Anniversary of FMCS 1997. * Their combined tenure covers 25 years, or half the life of FMCS in 1998.* FMCS Directors are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate for four-year terms. They can be reappointed.   FMCS is responsible for mediating disputes between labor […]

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