The State Mediation and Conciliation Service (SMCS) was
established in 1947 to prevent labor disputes and promote sound union-management
relationships. Originally housed in the Department of Industrial Relations, SMCS
became a division of the Public Employment Relations Board on July 1, 2012. A
staff of skilled neutrals mediate labor disputes between employers and unions
and conduct representation elections free of charge. SMCS also provides an
expert panel of arbitrators, training and facilitation work on a cost reimbursement basis.
Labor mediation is a non-binding process in which a neutral third party helps a union and employer to resolve their dispute over a contract, a grievance, or other labor relations matter.
SMCS maintains a statewide panel of private labor arbitrators who are available to make advisory or binding determinations on issues in dispute.
SMCS conducts elections for certification and decertification of labor organizations, agency shop elections, card checks for recognition, and other types of elections related to labor relations.
As of July 1, 2010, SMCS is charging for all representation services. This includes set up and supervision of workplace elections, card and petition checks, and unit determinations in public transit agencies. Click here for more detail.