LERA Gateway Chapter to offer program on Affinity Bargaining Method

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THE AFFINITY BARGAINING METHOD incorporates the “Zone of Possible Agreement” concept into the negotiating process to find common economic ground for both parties.

The Labor & Employment Relations Association (LERA) Gateway Chapter is offering a program on the Affinity Method of Collaborative Economic Bargaining on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

The event will be held at the IBEW Local 1439 Union Hall at 2121 59th St. in St. Louis. Breakfast and registration begins at 7:45 a.m., and the program runs from 8:15 to 10:15 a.m.

Glen B. Reed, Jr., a commissioner with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), will be the guest speaker. Affinity Bargaining is a method developed by the FMCS to address a growing desire by the parties to bargain economics in a way that fosters a collaborative relationship.

The method leads participants through the steps necessary to identify economic bargaining settlement options and mutually-acceptable solutions and to assemble a full economic agreement.

It incorporates the “Zone of Possible Agreement” concept into a collaborative, interest-based negotiation process. It has been used repeatedly in both public-sector and private-sector negotiations with a 100 percent success to date.

REGISTRATION

The program is free for LERA patrons and co-sponsor members and $25 for LERA individual and non-members.

RSVP for the program by July 24 online at lera-gateway.org, by mail LERA, c/o Rudy L Smith, 240 Millridge Dr., Moscow Mills, MO 63362 or by phone at 636-356-4320.

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