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Volume 1, Number 4,  Nov/Dec 2000

Cornell-Based Alliance Receives Large DOL Grant

A $1.1 million U.S. Department of Labor grant has been awarded to the Cornell University-based Alliance for Education in Dispute Resolution. The Alliance is a national consortium of 16 universities and professional organizations that trains people in mediation and other "alternative dispute resolution" methods.
The grant will explore the use of mediation to resolve employment disputes on such laws as the Family Medical Leave Act, wage and hour legislation and various whistleblower statutes. Cornell's Institute for Conflict Resolution (ICR) will administer the grant, develop a national roster of mediators and train them in pertinent federal employment laws as well as mediation processes. The group also will research the effectiveness of mediation in resolving employment disputes.
The outsourced mediation project is an unprecedented move for the DOL and is expected to save time and money and produce solutions more acceptable to both sides of disputes than court-litigated rulings, the high-priced alternative. It also will help the agency respond to the flood of claims arising from recent employment legislation.


Alliance for Education in Dispute Resolution Member Organizations

Universities: Cornell University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of Missouri; Georgia State University; Willamette University; University of Illinois; Pepperdine University; Ohio State University; University of California at Los Angeles.
Professional Organizations: American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law; National Bar Association; National Academy of Arbitrators; Industrial Relations Research Association; Society of Federal Labor Relations Professionals; Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution.
For More information, visit the Alliance website at http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/alliance.
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