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1,500 ATTEND FEDERAL MEDIATION AND CONCILIATION SIXTH ANNUAL LABOR-MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

 1,500 ATTEND FEDERAL MEDIATION AND CONCILIATION
 SIXTH ANNUAL LABOR-MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
 WASHINGTON, May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director Bernard E. DeLury, opening the Sixth bi-annual National Labor-Management Conference in Washington on Wednesday, May 27, cited the record setting 1,550 attendance of labor and management as the largest in the 10-year conference history. DeLury stated: "This event says more about the health of U.S. industrial relations than recent work stoppages highlighted in the media."
 DeLury underscored the meeting as an arena to share practitioner experience in industrial relations and labor management cooperation. "These are the means of achieving labor and management goals within a global economy through constructive relationships. Our legislators and the American public should take notice of your confidence and expanded use of our industrial relations process," DeLury said.
 Keynoter for the conference, Gwendolyn King, U.S. Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), cited the recent experience of her agency in turning to positive labor relations. Faced with persistent difficulties between labor and the management of the federal agency and recognizing the low levels of employee morale, King stated, "We do have choices in the way we go about handling those problems."
 King reported on her multiple, FMCS-assisted approaches, starting with creation of a new working relationship between labor and management, a restructuring of the SSA organization, joint labor and management resolution of outstanding grievances and a joint resolution with the American Federation of Government Employees to jointly address issues of common concern. Aided by FMCS, SSA implemented a number of preventive measures which has turned the SSA- union relationship around.
 The National Labor-Management Conference will continue through Friday, May 29, featuring keynote remarks by Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin; Kaiser Chairman David M. Lawrence, M.D.; and Machinist President George Kourpias. The conference has 30 workshops featuring case studies on labor management cooperation.
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