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Building a Dream Workplace: How a Union Can and Can't Help

Thursday, April 18, 09:00 AM - Thursday, April 18, 2024, 10:30 AM
Thursday, April 18, 2024, 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Fee: $50 for MCN members / $75 for nonmembers
What do you know about unions? If you have not worked in a unionized environment, you may have ideas based on the opinions of friends and family or the media and entertainment. What do you know about a union contract? What does it typically cover? What is outside its purview? How can labor and management work together for the benefit of all? Join Commissioners Carrie Foster and Roger Moore of the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service for and interactive discussion of these topics and more. If you are interested in learning more about a unionized workplace this is for you!

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Speaker Information

Carrie Foster

Carrie Foster is a Commissioner (mediator) with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) in the Duluth, Minnesota area. Prior to joining FMCS in 2018, Carrie worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons with her latest position as the Human Resource Manager. Ms. Foster has over a decade of experience serving in the capacity of negotiating collective bargaining agreements, handling grievances, and in Labor Management Committees. In addition, she provided training on local and regional levels in various capacities of labor relations. Throughout her career, she had a strong focus on problem solving and customer service, which contributed to her receipt of a national award from the Bureau of Prisons in her effort in assisting her staff.

Ms. Foster has dedicated her career to dispute resolution and has a long standing passion for the work. This is evident in her work with creating and facilitating restorative justice programs and participating as an active member of the Conflict Resolution Center and Carlton County Restorative Justice Project. Currently, Ms. Foster is a board member for the United Way of Carlton and Pine Counties in Minnesota. Commissioner Foster has continued her studies as a Conflict Management Professional in dispute resolution by obtaining a Prosci certification as a Change Practitioner. In addition, she has obtained certifications in Crucial Conversations, Accountability, and Influencer. Commissioner Foster has coordinated several large project workplace Conflict Resolution systems assessments and recommendations for programs and staff in the federal, private, and non-profit sectors. She continues her strong focus on problem solving and advancing and promoting fair, prompt, and cost-effective dispute resolution.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin and her certification in Mediation from Hamlin Law.

Roger MooreRoger Moore is a Commissioner assigned to the Minneapolis field office of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). In this capacity, he assists parties in the private, public and federal sectors in contract negotiations, in grievance mediation and in resolving workplace disputes. He is available to train labor and management advocates in collective bargaining, contract administration and grievance processing, steward/supervisor relationships, labor management committee structure and process, problem solving, communication and decision making.

Prior to joining FMCS, Roger Moore spent over 10 years as an Internal Organizer for the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Minnesota (SEIUHCMN). At SEIUHCMN Roger Moore negotiated contracts and established labor management committees with a wide variety of healthcare workers and employers in hospitals, clinics and long term care. In addition, Roger Moore facilitated trainings for union members, union leaders, and union staff regarding a wide variety of subjects including grievance training, contract negotiation, and time management.   

Throughout his career Roger Moore has enjoyed working with people of many different backgrounds and perspectives to resolve problems. Roger Moore brings this passion to his work at FMCS. Roger Moore earned his B.A. in History and Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Roger Moore enjoys spending time with his wife Jessica and daughters June and Lyla.

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