Filing a Notice to Mediation Agencies (F-7) with FMCS
Where to file
Instructions for completing the form are located on the back (for paper version) and on page 2 of the electronic version of the Notice to Mediation Agencies (F-7) form.
A completed F-7 form should also be submitted to the opposite party in negotiation, and, if applicable, the state or territorial mediation agency 60 days prior to contract expiration date. Click here for a listing of State Labor Relations and Mediation Agencies and Boards. Please be sure to retain a copy for your records.
Multiple Filings. If you are filing multiple notices for the same union or employer group, please call (202) 606-5499 for instructions. The staff will inform you of the proper and least burdensome method to accomplish your filing. For example, a list of employers who are bargaining as an association can be attached to a single Form F-7 (Notice to Mediation Agencies). The list should include the name of the contact person, address and phone number for each employer. Mail the form and list to: FMCS, Notice Processing Unit, 2100 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20427.
Has a notice been filed?
Why file a F-7 notice with FMCS?
Furthermore, the Act requires that the party notify the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service within thirty days after such notice of the existence of a dispute and simultaneously notify any State or Territory where the dispute occurred (Section 8(d)(3)). The 1974 amendments to the NLRA, which extended coverage to nonprofit health care institutions, also created a notification procedure in the health care industry requiring parties to notify each other 90 days in advance of termination and 60 days to the mediation service. This amendment also required notification of initial bargaining situations (notification of the existence of a dispute) to the FMCS, within 30 days. The F-7 notices fulfill the requirement to notify FMCS under Section 8(d)(3) of the NLRA as well as provide information critical to FMCS.
The F-7 form was created to establish conformity throughout interstate commerce, to allow FMCS to gather desired information in a uniform manner, and to facilitate handling of more than 18,000 Section 8(d)(3) notices a year. The collection of such information, including the name of the employer or employer association, address and phone number, e-mail address, official contact, bargaining unit and establishment size, location of affected establishment and negotiations, industry or type of business, principal product or service, union address, phone number, e-mail address and official contact, contract expiration date or renewal date, whether the notice is on file on behalf of the employer or the union, and whether this is a health care industry notice for initial contracts, is critical for reporting and mediation purposes.
What happens once the notice is received by FMCS?
For Frequently Asked Questions about FMCS notices and filings, and issues that involve the NLRB, please click here.