August 17th – 19th



At the FMCS, we know that good labor-management relationships and pragmatic problem-solving not only prevent workplace disputes, but also contribute to increased innovation, competitiveness, and job growth. We also know that most labor-management relationships can be improved, partnerships strengthened, and seemingly insurmountable challenges can become opportunities for creativity and cooperation. As new technologies, business models, and labor market trends fundamentally change and challenge nearly every sector of the U.S. economy, the need for good labor-management relationships is more critical than ever.

FMCS is following developments in the 21st century economy and its rapidly evolving workplaces, and we are ready for the Future@Work! Please join us at the 2016 FMCS National Labor-Management Conference to:

  • Learn from distinguished labor, management, and new economy thought leaders
  • Problem Solve at workshops focused on actual situations and practical solutions
  • Network with labor relations and workplace professionals s from around the country and the world
  • Prepare your organization for the future with advice from experts who are forging paths to partnership and organizational success

The FMCS National Labor-Management Conference is back because the labor-management community asked for it. This year’s event will highlight and explore current labor-management successes and future solutions. Join us during the August 16th pre-conference for an examination of longstanding successful labor-management partnerships. Then from August 17-19, choose from more than 60 workshops, panels, and plenary sessions on challenges and opportunities in the private, public, and federal sectors, such as:

  • Bargaining Opportunities in new media, education, healthcare, performing arts
  • Innovative Solutions for the challenges in health care and pension benefits
  • Recruitment and Retention of Millennials and Alphas
  • Partnering in the New economy by building on the traditional LMC framework
  • The Neuroscience of Conflict exploring why and how we act to improve our approach
  • Innovative and Expedited Bargaining Processes addressing obstacles with alternative techniques

We're pleased to offer Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for 16 of our workshops/panels. Earn up to 9.5 Illinois CLE credits while networking with your colleagues in Chicago. Certificates of attendance and evaluation forms will be available at the conference registration area. SHRM credits are pending for this event. View the complete list of sessions eligible for CLE credit.

The FMCS National Labor-Management Conference has always been the place for labor relations practitioners to receive the most up-to-date information about sectoral trends, learn practical bargaining tools, and network. In the current economy such a forum is more important than ever. Register today and join the dialogue!


Changing Perspectives on Just Cause
A Primer on the Fundamentals of Negotiations
Mock Grievance Mediation
The Neutral’s Perspective
The Science of Settlement
Making the Most of Grievance Mediation
Mediation Best Practices and Ethics for Lawyers
The New Generation of Alternative Bargaining Models
Babcock & Wilcox
Health Care Bargaining in the Future at Work
The Evolving Digital World Part I
The Evolving Digital World Part II
Trends in Arbitration
Labor Law Back in the News
Viral Communications and Bargaining in the Global Square
The Evolving Cultural Dimensions of Diversity