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

Mendocino County – SEIU factfinding report available

In early January, I conducted a factfinding hearing for Mendocino County and SEIU Local 1021.  The hearing concerned the parties’ collective bargaining impasse. As chair of the factfinding panel, I wrote a report and recommendations on the issues in dispute. The parties have now published the report on their websites. Here is the report.

– Paul

Factfinding Panel presentation at CalPELRA

I had an opportunity on November 21, 2013 to serve on a panel of arbitrators at the annual conference of the CA Public Employment Labor Relations Association (CalPELRA) in Monterey CA.  The topic was “Factfinding and Interest Arbitration – Lessons Learned: An Arbitrator’s Perspective.” Serving on the panel with me were fellow arbitrator / factfinders Norm Brand and John LaRocco. Jonathan Holtzman from Renne, Sloan, Holtzman and Sakai was the moderator. Most of the discussion revolved around factfinding in Meyers Milias Brown (municipal government) jurisdictions since the factfinding statute kicked in on January 1, 2012. – Paul