Golden Gate Dispute Resolution


On State of Washington PERC roster

I was recently admitted to the Washington Public Employment Relations Commission's Dispute Resolution Panel. This panel primarily provides arbitrators for interest arbitration and factfinding disputes in the state of Washington. PERC provides the parties with staff arbitrators to conduct grievance arbitration at no charge to the parties. - Paul

Interest arbitration award for City and County of San Francisco published

I was recently selected by the Employer and the Union to be the chairperson of the mediation / arbitration board for the City and County of San Francisco and San Francisco City Workers United (Painters). The issue was the renegotiation of the parties' collective bargaining agreement. After four days of on-the-record hearings and off-the-record mediation efforts, there were still twelve issues in dispute. The arbitration award for a three-year agreement was issued and has now been published on the Employer's and the Union's websites. The award is linked here. - Paul

Admitted to AAA and Oregon Arbitrator Panels

I have now been added to two additional arbitration and factfinding panels. One is the American Arbitration Association's (AAA) Roster of Labor Arbitrators. AAA is the nation's leading provider of dispute resolution services. I have also been admitted to the Oregon Employment Relations Board's panel of factfinders and arbitrators. - Paul

Factfinding Panel presentation at CalPELRA

I had an opportunity on November 21, 2013 to serve on a panel of arbitrators at the annual conference of the CA Public Employment Labor Relations Association (CalPELRA) in Monterey CA.  The topic was "Factfinding and Interest Arbitration - Lessons Learned: An Arbitrator's Perspective." Serving on the panel with me were fellow arbitrator / factfinders Norm Brand and John LaRocco. Jonathan Holtzman from Renne, Sloan, Holtzman and Sakai was the moderator. Most of the discussion revolved around factfinding in Meyers Milias Brown (municipal government) jurisdictions since the factfinding statute kicked in on January 1, 2012. - Paul

Cathy Stevens joins GGDR as new Associate

Cathy Stevens, one of the premier trainers and facilitators of labor-management processes in California, has joined Golden Gate Dispute Resolution as an associate. She is available to train and facilitate in interest-based and other collective bargaining processes. To read more about Cathy, go here.

KQED radio interviews about BART negotiations

I was interviewed by several San Francisco Bay Area media outlets about the 2013 BART negotiations that resulted in a pair of four-day strikes. Here are two radio interviews. In the first, the main topic is the importance of the parties' honoring the mediator's media blackout. In the second interview, the focus is on the meaning of a "last, best, and final offer." - Paul [soundcloud url="" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]

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Admitted to FMCS Arbitrator Roster

I have been admitted to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) Roster of Arbitrators, as of July 2013. My main address for FMCS is Oakland, CA. My secondary address is Ashland, Oregon. Therefore, my name will be included among those on lists when parties request the following sub-regional lists: Northern California and Oregon. My name will also be included on lists for Region 2 (CA, NV, AZ and HI) and Region 1 (OR, WA, AK, ID, MT, WY, UT and CO). - Paul