IR #2005-47
Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Dean Fryer
Renee Bacchini
(415) 703-5050

Paul D. Roose appointed Chief of the State Mediation and Conciliation Service

San Francisco -- The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) today announced the appointment of Paul D. Roose as the Chief of State Mediation and Conciliation Service (SMCS). Roose, a state mediator with SMCS since 1998, has mediated grievances between both private and public employers and their unions.

"Paul Roose comes to us with many accomplishments as a state mediator and years of service in resolving labor/management disputes. His commitment to promoting sound union-employer relations is reflected in his many settlements of contract and grievance disputes," said John Rea, acting director of DIR. "His professionalism and understanding of the processes and strategies involved in mediation make Paul the right person for the job."
Roose has brought to successful conclusion impasses at K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, cities and counties. In addition, Roose mediated contract bargaining with transit districts, community colleges, county medical centers and county courts.

Prior to his work with SMSC, Roose spent 6 years with the Local 250 Healthcare Workers Union working as a field representative. He also served eight years as president of the Greater East Bay Branch 1111 of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Roose graduated with honors in history from Swarthmore College in 1974 and in 1999 received a Mediator Certificate from the Institute for Study of Alternative Dispute Resolution at Humboldt State University. His article "Process, Strategy and Tactics in Labor-Management Mediation" was published in the American Arbitration Association's Dispute Resolution Journal, November 2003 - January 2004.

The State Mediation and Conciliation Service is a division of the California Department of Industrial Relations. The service, responsible for the mediation of all public sector labor disputes in the state, resolves more than 400 contract disputes each year with a staff of 12 mediators. By law and by policy, the mediators are required to maintain strict confidentiality about mediation proceedings. The service also maintains a statewide panel of private arbitrators who are available to serve as neutrals for labor disputes.

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