Article for new arbitration advocates published in AAA journal

I am pleased to report that an article I co-authored with arbitrator Catherine Harris has been published in the American Arbitration Association’s flagship publication, the Dispute Resolution Journal. The article, titled “Surviving Your First Labor Arbitration: Tips for the New Advocate”, appears in the March 2015 issue. It is linked here. Reprints can be ordered from Juris Publications at – Paul

Presentation on Mediation and Factfinding

On February 28, 2015, I had the opportunity to teach a two-hour class in Sacramento on mediation and factfinding to school district negotiators from throughout the state of California. The class, sponsored by the School Employers Association of California, was part of their School Management Negotiators Certificate Program. I am available to teach this class or similar classes for union, management, and neutral organizations. In addition to the Powerpoint presentation (click here to see the Powerpoint presentation on Mediation and Factfinding in K-12), I led the class through a hands-on mediation exercise. – Paul

Admitted to Railway, Airline, and State of Nevada Rosters

My name will now go out on lists of labor-management neutrals supplied by the National Mediation Board (NMB) and the State of Nevada. The NMB, a federal agency, administers a  roster of arbitrators who conduct grievance arbitration in the railway and airline industries. The State of Nevada’s Employee-Management Relations Board maintains a roster of mediators for public sector disputes in that state. – Paul

Added to City of Los Angeles Arbitrator List

I am now on the City of Los Angeles Employment Relations Board Roster of Arbitrators. This list is utilized when city departments and unions need an arbitrator to conduct a grievance arbitration. – Paul

City of Vacaville – Stationary Engineers Local 39 Factfinding Report published

I was recently selected by the City of Vacaville, California, and Stationary Engineers Local 39 to chair the factfinding panel on their contract negotiations impasse. The dispute was essentially over wages. In this instance, I found myself in the position of being unwilling to recommend either party’s proposal, based on my reading of the statutory factors that the panel must consider. We ended up reaching a panel majority by crafting a quite general recommendation. My own personal specific recommendation as the panel neutral is in a footnote. The report has now been published and is available here. – Paul

GGDR Associate Adele Grunberg on KQED radio

How We Talk to Each Other
Golden Gate Dispute Resolution Associate Adele Grunberg was recently on KQED Perspectives, talking about how the ways we communicate interfere with getting problems resolved. Play the audiofile above, or  read her article here.

On State of Washington PERC roster

I was recently admitted to the Washington Public Employment Relations Commission’s Dispute Resolution Panel. This panel primarily provides arbitrators for interest arbitration and factfinding disputes in the state of Washington. PERC provides the parties with staff arbitrators to conduct grievance arbitration at no charge to the parties. – Paul

Interest arbitration award for City and County of San Francisco published

I was recently selected by the Employer and the Union to be the chairperson of the mediation / arbitration board for the City and County of San Francisco and San Francisco City Workers United (Painters). The issue was the renegotiation of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement. After four days of on-the-record hearings and off-the-record mediation efforts, there were still twelve issues in dispute. The arbitration award for a three-year agreement was issued and has now been published on the Employer’s and the Union’s websites. The award is linked here. – Paul

Admitted to AAA and Oregon Arbitrator Panels

I have now been added to two additional arbitration and factfinding panels. One is the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) Roster of Labor Arbitrators. AAA is the nation’s leading provider of dispute resolution services. I have also been admitted to the Oregon Employment Relations Board’s panel of factfinders and arbitrators. – Paul

Factfinding Report for Modoc County – UPEC Local 792 now available

I was selected by the parties to conduct a factfinding hearing in Modoc County, located in the far northeast corner of California. The report has now been published by the parties. Here is the report. – Paul