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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2018 $400,000
Fiscal Year 2017 $400,000
Fiscal Year 2016 $400,000 $514,486
Labor-Management Cooperation Act of 1978, Title VII, Section 6, Public Law 95-524, 29 U.S.C. 175a
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
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 Procedure
All FY2017 grant applicants will be notified of results and all grant awards will be made on or before September 30, 2017.
March 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017 No applications/proposals will be accepted after May 31, 2017.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
All notifications will be made by September 30, 2017.
Not applicable.
FMCS reserves the right under special condition to award supplemental (continuation) grants subject to funds availability.
How are proposals selected?
Applicant need, measurable goals, practicality of approach, commitment of appropriate parties, cost benefit, effectiveness and overall feasibility.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
In accordance with 2 CFR 200.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 10%. In Fiscal Year 2017, dollars only, no in-kind or project income contributions allowed.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. As requested, funds are issued via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Linda Gray-Broughton,
250 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20427 US
Phone: (202) 606-8181
Fax: (202) 606-3434
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18 est $400,000.00; FY 17 est $400,000.00; FY 16$514,486.00; - 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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 $400,000 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


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