The Collaboration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR) Program

The Collaboration and Alternative Dispute (CADR) program implements one of the FLRA’s primary strategic goals to reduce litigation and its attendant costs by helping the parties resolve their own disputes with collaboration and alternative dispute resolution and labor-management cooperation activities. The program offers collaboration and alternative dispute resolution services in pending unfair labor practice, representation, negotiability, and bargaining impasse disputes at every step -- from investigation and prosecution to the adjudication of cases and resolution of bargaining impasses. The CADR office (CADRO) also provides facilitation and interest-based bargaining training to assist management and labor in developing collaborative relationships. 

During FY 2009, CADRO conducted on-site and telephone interventions in fifteen cases pending before the FLRA. In thirteen of those cases, the interventions resulted in either the full resolution of the underlying disputes or withdrawal of the pending case.
Also within the past year, CADRO has seen a greater emphasis on providing external training to our clients within the realm of alternative dispute resolution, interest-based bargaining and labor-management cooperation initiatives. Moreover, CADRO is now working towards a more proactive approach to interested parties through written materials, on-site briefings with federal sector agencies, unions, neutrals and professional organizations, and participation in seminars, conferences and meetings.