What is Mediation?

In mediation, an impartial mediator helps those in conflict define issues, explore solutions, and reach mutual agreement. Mediation is voluntary and the parties are in control of any agreements that result. Mediation seeks to prevent conflicts from escalating and the goal is mutual acceptability. The Public Employment Relations Commission conducts three types of mediation: contract mediation, grievance mediation, and unfair labor practice settlement mediation.

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What to Expect in Mediation


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