Under the 1978 Labor-Management Cooperation Act, the FMCS encourages and supports joint labor-management committees “established for the purpose of improving labor-management relationships, job security and organizational effectiveness, enhancing economic development or involving workers in decisions affecting their jobs including improving communication with respect to subjects of mutual interest and concern.” This is done primarily through the formation of labor-management committees in the public and private sectors. With federal assistance, parties can develop vehicles to discuss and resolve their problems and to explore ways to improve productivity, employment security and to avoid work stoppages. The FMCS awards grants, monitors their use and measures their effectiveness. In awarding grants, FMCS identifies novel approaches to collaborative labor-management relations and problem solving. For more information click here.