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  Mission and Values

Mission Statement:

FMCS’ mission statement reflects the statutory intent of the Agency. Our mission is to: 

  • Promote the development of sound and stable labor management relationships;
  • Prevent or minimize work stoppages by assisting labor and management to settle their disputes through mediation;
  • Advocate collective bargaining, mediation and voluntary arbitration as the preferred processes for settling issues between employers and representatives of employees;
  • Develop and advocate the art, science and practice of conflict resolution through the use of ADR;
  • Assist parties in conflict through the provision of conflict resolution services; and
  • Foster the establishment and maintenance of constructive joint processes to improve labor-management relationships, employment security and organizational effectiveness.

Values Statement:

Reflecting our mission statement, our commitment to a viable collective bargaining system, and the benefit of effective conflict resolution processes as a foundation for society’s well being and economic growth, this value statement embodies our core principles:

  • Relationships are critical to the success of an organization; they affect creativity, productivity and adaptability, as well as the quality of workplace life.
  • Poor relationships and communication represent a substantial barrier to achieving the kind of process innovation and high performance work organization demanded in the current business climate.
  • The Agency’s core mission of mediating and facilitating the resolution of workplace disputes and problems requires absolute neutrality, confidentiality, and acceptability to customers.
  • In order to have maximum impact and to meet statutory obligations, the Agency must focus primarily on organizations and matters having the greatest effect on interstate commerce and/or public health and safety. 
  • Collaborative, problem-solving approaches to the resolution of conflict should be cultivated and encouraged whenever possible.