The State Conciliation Service provides training to help public employers and unions establish a labor-management cooperation committee or revitalize a committee already in existence. The training program provided by the Conciliation Service staff has two focuses. First, the training program helps the parties develop the goals and operating procedures of the committee. Second, the training helps the parties learn an interest-based problem solving process.
Interest-based problem solving is a proven method for helping parties maintain a cooperative working relationship. It keeps the parties focused on their real interests, needs and concerns and helps them generate options together to address a problem.
Prior to the training, a trainer meets with the representatives of both labor and management to help the parties assess their needs, desires and chances for success. If following the assessment, the parties want to proceed with the training program, an agenda is developed to address the parties' requirements.
A two day training format is recommended for parties establishing a new labor-management committee. The two days allows time for the parties to develop the goals and procedures which are the foundation of their committee and to be trained in both the theory and practical application of the problem-solving techniques.
Committees that have already established their goals and procedures or previously received training in interest-based problem solving and have not significantly changed their membership may prefer the one day refresher course. The State Conciliation Service also offers a four hour overview of the process.
The fee to local government agencies for the two day Labor-Management Committee Training is $2,500. This amount can be divided in any manner agreed to by the two parties. The fee includes two additional days of post-training facilitation services to help the parties implement their process. The fee for the one day training is $1,500 and includes one additional day of facilitation service. The charge for the four hour overview is $700. State agencies pay an interagency assessment and are not subject to fees for State Conciliation services.