Arbitrator and mediator Paul Roose has been a leader in the field of labor relations for over thirty years. In May 2012, he left his position as the head of the California State Mediation and Conciliation Service (CSMCS) to launch a private practice as a labor-management neutral.
Following graduation from Swarthmore College in 1974, Paul worked as a letter-sorting machine operator and then as a letter carrier for the U.S Postal Service. After becoming active in his union as a shop steward, Paul was elected at age 29 to serve as full-time president of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Greater East Bay Branch 1111. He was re-elected to three more two-year terms as branch president prior to leaving the NALC in 1991 to serve as a field representative and lead field representative with Healthcare Workers Service Employees International Union Local 250. While at Local 250, Paul represented workers at the City and County of San Francisco, American Medical Response, and Kaiser-Permanente.
In 1998, Paul landed his “dream job” as a mediator for the state mediation service. Over the next fourteen years, Paul helped employers and unions reach contract agreements in hundreds of school districts, cities, counties, special districts, transit districts, trial courts, community colleges, and in public higher education. He helped avert strikes in high-profile disputes between unions and employers at Bay Area Rapid Transit, the Port of Oakland, the University of California, San Joaquin County, and the San Francisco Unified School District, among others. He conducted hundreds of grievance mediations in both the public and private sectors, and trained parties in collective bargaining and other labor-management processes.
As supervising conciliator of the CSMCS from 2005 – 2012, Paul continued to mediate disputes of high potential economic and social impact in the state. He recruited, hired, mentored and coached new mediators. Paul also administered an arbitration system that included 120 arbitrators and over 600 arbitrator list requests a year.
Paul has published several articles about the infrequently-covered topic of labor-management mediation, including a 2003 article in the American Arbitration Association (AAA)’s flagship Dispute Resolution Journal (reprinted in the AAA’s 2010 Handbook on Labor Arbitration). From 2008 to 2011, he served on the Executive Board of the Association of Labor Relations Agencies.
Paul left the state mediation service in May 2012 to found Golden Gate Dispute Resolution (GGDR). The mission of GGDR is to provide professional, neutral, and timely dispute resolution services to the labor-management community. Paul serves as an arbitrator, mediator, fact finder, trainer and facilitator.
Paul is on the CA State Mediation and Conciliation Service arbitrator panel, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service arbitrator roster, and on CA Public Employment Relations Board’s roster of MMBA fact finders. He also serves as a member of the arbitrator panels for BART and SEIU Local 1021, and for CA State University and State Employees Trades Council.
Paul lives in Oakland, California with his wife Anne Lawrence. They have two grown daughters, and divide their time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Ashland, Oregon.