FMCS Hosts Salutes to Collective Bargaining
2013 White House Labor-Management Partnership Summit
FMCS Director George H. Cohen praised the institution of collective bargaining at the White House December 5 as he moderated a special FMCS-sponsored summit celebrating labor-management partnerships and the virtues of union-employer negotiations. Director Cohen was joined by Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and Secretary of Commerce Penny S. Pritzker in highlighting recent collective bargaining successes demonstrating the value of labor-management cooperation and joint problem solving, benefiting both unions and employers.
Seven separate labor-management panels focused on major labor-management agreements showing the potential for unions and employers to work together to improve competitiveness, productivity and quality. (Click here to view videos of the 2013 panel discussions.) Participating organizations included: the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools, The Walt Disney Company, the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, 1199SEIU, Montefiore Health Systems and 1199SEIU/League Training and Upgrading Fund, the Ford Motor Company, the United Auto Workers, International Paper, the United Steel Workers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, ABC, Inc., the Communication Workers of America and the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians.
The event also recognized leaders of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), the United States Maritime Alliance and the New York Shipping Association for working together during extended collective bargaining in 2012 to avert a possibly crippling work stoppage in U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports.
Videos from 2012 event: