Labor Management Cooperation

The FMCS Grants Office provides federal grants to support the establishment and operation of plant-level, area-wide, industry or sectoral joint labor-management committees confronting specific, definable problems for which they have developed clear, innovative, and measurable long-term solutions.

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Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Three labor-management grants totaled $514,486: ? Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region (FTI MAR), Philadelphia, PA ($250,000) The highly regarded FTI MAR labor-management partnership will receive funding for a new initiative designed to attract, hire, and retain the next generation of workers in the construction industry, where there is a significant shortage of highly skilled workers.

Uniquely, this program will develop both hard and soft skills among high school graduates and provide important opportunities for continuing education in post-secondary degree programs at institutions of higher learning.

Partnering with two colleges on programming and curriculum development, FTI MAR will guide newly hired workers in the construction industry finishing trades from high school to a bachelor?s and master?s degree, providing program participants with advanced opportunities in construction management, architecture, and organizational design. ? SEIU Healthcare NW ? Health Benefits Trust, Seattle, WA ($150,827) Due to well-documented demographic changes in the U.S., there is a dramatically increasing need for skilled Home Care Workers (HCWs) to care for the elderly and disabled in their homes.

Providing care in the home not only saves on hospital and nursing home costs, but also improves the quality of life of this growing population.

One issue that has not been addressed in the context of this widely expanding sector of the economy, however, is the increased risk of on-the-job injuries to individual HCWs.

Unlike workers in other industries, such as manufacturing, construction, or facility-based health care delivery, Home Care Workers lack access to standard safety equipment.

To the extent such equipment is available, it currently depends entirely on the elderly or disabled client to drive the requisition process and HCWs are therefore at increased risk for on-the-job injury.

FMCS seed money will permit the creation of a Labor-Management Committee to evaluate the potential of worker-carried mobile assistive devices in a ?safety toolkit? that can easily be carried into clients? homes by the HCW.

The project will produce much-needed evidence about the injury reduction potential of the portable toolkit and serve as foundation for developing best practices in HCW safety.

Results will be shared with key stakeholders in Washington State?s home care system as well as with a national audience to help build awareness, develop best practices, and prevent on-the-job injuries in home care. ? Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ ($113,659) The New Jersey K-12 Public School Labor-Management Committee (the ?Committee? or ?LMC?) will receive a grant to advance student performance, teacher retention, and overall educational quality.

Evidence has shown that a collaborative, partnership approach is a cornerstone of excellence in teaching and learning.

FMCS seed money will allow the Committee to broaden and deepen its reach by regularly convening an innovative Inter-District Learning Network to facilitate the exchange of ideas, experiences, and best practices for improving educational outcomes.

In addition, the establishment of a website and annual state-wide information and learning exchange will further support this network of districts, administrators, and educators.

The Committee, aided by researchers from Rutgers University, will evaluate and deliver a report on the impact of increased labor-management collaboration on student performance, teacher retention, and overall educational quality at the district and local school level.

Fiscal Year 2017: $400,000.

Fiscal Year 2018: $400,000.

Agency - Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: $514,486. Fiscal Year 2017: $400,000. Fiscal Year 2018: $400,000.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Discretionary Grants are used only to create new or expand existing joint labor-management committees where recognized collective bargaining agreements exist at the company/plant, area, or industry-wide levels (as applicable) and where both labor and management agree to the establishment or expansion.

100% of FY2017 funding will be used for discretionary grants.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Not Applicable.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Not Applicable.


Evidence of the existence of a current collective bargaining agreement and of joint commitment to the project by both labor and management. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Labor-Management Cooperation Grant Program will have funding for fiscal year 2017. Beginning on March 1, 2017 and concluding on May 31, 2017, FMCS will accept applications for potential funding. The complete application package is available thru The opportunity number is FMCS-2017 or 34.002.

Award Procedures

All FY2017 grant applicants will be notified of results and all grant awards will be made on or before September 30, 2017.


Mar 01, 2017 to May 31, 2017 No applications/proposals will be accepted after May 31, 2017.


Labor-Management Cooperation Act of 1978, Title VII, Section 6, Public Law 95-524, 29 U.S.C 175a.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

All notifications will be made by September 30, 2017.




FMCS reserves the right under special condition to award supplemental (continuation) grants subject to funds availability.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 10%. In Fiscal Year 2017, dollars only, no in-kind or project income contributions allowed. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Generally between 12 and 18 months. A one-time no cost grant extension is approved on a case by case basis for a maximum of six (6) months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: As requested, funds are issued via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

Post Assistance Requirements


During the life of the grant: quarterly narratives, milestones, LMC meeting minutes, and financial reports.

Quarterly financial reporting is required.

After the grant: within 90 days of grant expiration an evaluation summary of accomplishments and/or obstacles during the grant project period will be submitted.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


In accordance with 2 CFR 200.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $514,486; FY 17 est $400,000; and FY 18 est $400,000 - FMCS will accept applications beginning on March 1, 2017 and concluding on May 31, 2017. $400,000 in discretionary funding is available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The grants solicitation for fiscal year 2017 will not specify range of awards based on type of committee. Grants will be awarded in amounts of up to $400,000. The amount of the grant request should be based on the reasonable needs of the committee.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

FMCS Current Fiscal Year Program Guidelines/Application Solicitation Announcement and Financial and Administrative Grants Manual which incorporates applicable Federal grant regulations. Grantees will also comply with all applicable requirements of all other Federal laws, Executive Orders, regulations and policies governing this program.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Linda Gray-Broughton, 250 E Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20427 Email: Phone: (202) 606-8181 Fax: (202) 606-3434

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applicant need, measurable goals, practicality of approach, commitment of appropriate parties, cost benefit, effectiveness and overall feasibility.

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