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Impending US Dock Strike: FMCS Mediation to Begin

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (US) calls meeting & parties in conflict over East Coast ports new contract agree to attend.

Statement by FMCS Director George H. Cohen on East Coast Ports Labor Negotiations:

“FMCS Director George Cohen has called a meeting of the ILA and the Maritime Alliance in advance of the December 29th expiration of the contract extension. The parties have agreed to attend. Due to the sensitive nature of the negotiations FMCS will have no additional comment at this time.”

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, created in 1947, is an independent agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with two regional offices and more than 70 field offices, the agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.

Source: http://www.marinelink.com/news/impending-mediation350303.aspx