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The history of dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration


FMCS Headquarters Locations

During its seventy years of existence, the FMCS National Office has been at three locations in Washington D.C. Initially, FMCS was located in the old Department of Labor Building at 14th and Constitution Ave NW, on the North-East Corner of that intersection, very near the Washington Monument, and a few blocks from the White House. […]

Humorous Items Promoting FMCS

The items pictured here were used to promote mediation and FMCS.  They are: A Match Book with these words: “Call FMCS Before Striking”.  A Ball point pen with a flash light with these words: “FMCS: Lighting the Way.” A Badge with these words and image: “I (heart) Mediation” An individual Mint in a white package […]

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 […]

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