Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service(FMCS)


independent government agency charged with representing the public interest in labor-management disputes that affect interstate commerce. The FMCS seeks to prevent or minimize work stoppages by assisting labor and management to settle their disputes through mediation. It has no law-enforcement authority but rather offers its expertise, facilities, and services to help ensure effective collective bargaining, mediation, and voluntary arbitration.

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“Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/Federal%20Mediation%20and%20Conciliation%20Service. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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