I want to . . .
- Apply for a position as a state mediator
- Apply to join the SMCS panel of private arbitrators
- Contact SMCS
- File a wage claim (to DLSE)
- Find out more about SMCS’ private arbitrator panel
- Make a payment to SMCS
- Report labor violations (to DLSE)
- Request an arbitration list
- Request mediation
- See available publications
- California Labor & Workforce Development Agency
- DIR Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
- National Academy of Arbitrators
- California Public Employee Relations (CPER),
- Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
- National Mediation Board
State Mediation & Conciliation Service (SMCS)
The State Mediation & Conciliation Service was established to improve
employer-union relations in California. Skilled, impartial SMCS staff mediate
labor disputes between employers and employee organizations free of charge. In addition, SMCS provides arbitration, election, and training / facilitation services on a cost reimbursement basis.
SMCS will be transitioning all of our information technology
SMCS became a division of PERB effective July 1, 2012. We will begin the process of transitioning all of our information technology to PERB beginning Monday October 1st. We expect the transition to be complete by October 8, 2012. We appreciate your understanding and patience.
Our new email mailbox is: email@example.com
Our telephone and fax numbers remain the same. You can continue to reach us at
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.
Parties receiving arbitrator lists can now obtain additional information about the arbitrators on the lists. Click here for more information.
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.
Frequently asked questions
Laws & Regulations
SMCS site map
CPER has released a new publication titled Pocket Guide to Public Sector Mediation in California. Click on the California Public Employee Relations link on the left side of this page to order your copy.
California Public Transit Labor Relations Guide ( Word doc)