The mediator meets with both parties in an attempt to resolve the outstanding issues or assist the parties in narrowing the issues separating the parties.
If the parties cannot resolve the dispute through the mediator or through continued negotiations on their own, the mediator will request that the JLMC take jurisdiction of the dispute.
The JLMC votes to hold a 3(a) hearing if it finds that the issues in negotiations have remain unresolved for an unreasonable period of time, resulting in the apparent exhaustion of the collective bargaining process.
Sometimes a case will settle after the 3(a) hearing. If it does not, the parties most likely will go to interest arbitration.
JLMC Committee Members and Alternates
History of the JLMC