March 16, 2009 Proceedings Database
A review of statutorily based grievance mediation procedures used for public employees in Michigan. The author reflects upon why grievance mediation does not enjoy a wider use, not as a substitute for arbitration but, rather, as an aid to arbitration.
A description of the experiment, in the bituminous coal industry, of having an additional, optional mediation by an experienced arbitrator following the internal grievance procedure . A problem-solving approach is used and, if no settlement, is reached in mediation, an oral, nonbinding opinion is given by the mediator. In 325 instances where used, 275 (85%) …
A description of one company’s experience with a six-month trial period of grievance mediation. Mediation is viewed as providing a cheaper and quicker alternative to arbitration, that offers generally better results while promoting labor peace and stability.