Director Allison Beck
Allison Beck is the 18th Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) and the first woman Director of the Agency.
Before President Obama named her to her current position, she served for more than four years as FMCS Deputy Director. Her past duties included assisting with the management of the Agency and supervising FMCS national and international programs.
During Ms. Beck’s tenure, she has conducted extensive outreach to the labor-management community, worked on special projects involving labor relations and collective bargaining (e.g. health care, public education, federal sector cooperative efforts), and has been involved in a number of high profile mediations, including the successful 2014 New York Metropolitan Opera negotiations that averted a potential season disrupting work stoppage for one of the world's premier opera companies. She has revamped the delivery of FMCS conflict resolution services to government under the Administrative Dispute Resolution and Negotiated Rulemaking Acts. Ms. Beck has also overseen the growth of the Agency’s international labor relations and conflict resolution training services, working with the U.S. Departments of State and Labor to help emerging market economies achieve workplace stability and, thus, greater opportunities for investment and growth.
Prior to her appointment as Deputy Director, Ms. Beck had an extensive career in the field of labor law and labor-management relations. For 20 years, she served as General Counsel of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO (IAM), where she supervised the legal affairs of a large, international union, became well-versed in all aspects of labor and employment law, and litigated cases in federal court and before government labor agencies. She also assisted the IAM with legal issues relating to union administration and governance and helped develop bargaining strategies with major IAM employers.
Ms. Beck began her legal career as an appellate court attorney in the Enforcement Division of the National Labor Relations Board. While attending law school at night, she served as a legislative aide on employment issues to the late Senator Alan Cranston (D-CA) and the US Senate Labor Committee. Over the course of her career, she has served on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations and has been a frequent speaker at labor-management, bar association, and other conferences.