Mediation: Assessment of Its Potential in Labor Relations

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Mediation: Assessment of its Potential in Labor Relations Introduction Exploring the use of mediation and its potential value in comparison to negotiation and arbitration is the focus of this discussion. Understanding the meaning, background and history of Mediation including its strengths and weaknesses will assess its value in labor relations. Assessing the use of Grievance Mediation in both the federal system and incidents of strikes between Labor and Management will be reviewed. Demonstrating the effectiveness of Mediation for collective bargaining in cases where rights are protected by federal law (Steadman, 1987). In defining labor mediation, it is a official meeting or number of meetings designated for discussing conflicts arises from labor disputes. A labor dispute is a conflict that comes as a result of an issue with the laws set up by the federal government concerning labor relations. Most often these disputes are filed as complaint or case to be settled in court, there are times when the parties involved will try mediation. This is a totally voluntary option that can be suggested by either party, the court or the National Labor Relations Board. The laws set up by the federal government (NLRB) are designed to protect workers from employers. Such laws were created following the Industrial Revolution and the purpose was to shield workers from unfair treatment such as low wages, unsafe working conditions, and legislate certain rights such as paid overtime. A worker
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