Jeff Thompson's Blog – July 2010 Archive (10)

Co-op/Condo Ombudsman Bill In NYS Senate

I came across this interesting article stating there is currently a bill in the New York State Senate proposing the creation of an Ombudsman for co-ops and condos in the state.
The office would be funded through a new tax of $6 added to the fees paid by each co-op and condo…

Added by Jeff Thompson on July 31, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Long Term Care Ombudsman

Perhaps it’s her big smile, the friendly eyes behind her wire-rimmed glasses or the way she doesn’t let a simple “I’m fine” pass without a follow-up question.

Judith Sullivan, 66, is a volunteer with the Coulee Region Volunteer Ombudsman Program for the Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care. Once a week she knocks on the doors of resident rooms at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse. She asks about the food, the staff and their…


Added by Jeff Thompson on July 28, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

What?? Australia Appt.'s Airplane Noise Ombuds

Australia's first independent aircraft noise ombudsman will have his work cut out for him.

Transport Minister Anthony Albanese announced the appointment of Ron Brent to the position on Tuesday.Mr Brent will have the task of reviewing the handling of complaints about airport noise and the efficiency of community consultation…


Added by Jeff Thompson on July 27, 2010 at 6:29am — No Comments

USAToday Divorce Mediation Article

An interesting article today from which mentions some of the advantages to mediating a divorce:

No one keeps statistics on the number of mediated and collaborative divorces. But Zarzynski, during 31 years of practice, has seen the trend firsthand. When he started, mediated cases were rare. Ten years ago, he mediated about a dozen a year; last year, that number was 75.…


Added by Jeff Thompson on July 25, 2010 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Donuts Might Not be Available To Be Dunked!

Job action likely as talks break down between Dunkin’ Donut supplier, union

I guess when mediation fails, sometimes its the donut eaters that lose! :)

Contract negotiations between Teamsters Local 25 and Dunkin’ Donuts’ supplier Northeast DCP have reached an impasse, and both sides are bracing for a walkout, company and union officials say.

Even the presence of a federal mediator at a…


Added by Jeff Thompson on July 19, 2010 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Mediators' "Defining" Moment!

Looking for a defining opportunity for you (and our profession) to be heard? Here's one such opportunity brought to you by NAFCM: the National Association For Community Mediation.
The Department of Labor (DOL) wants to know what it takes to be an "expert mediator" and have turned to NAFCM for help. As a member-based…

Added by Jeff Thompson on July 17, 2010 at 5:31pm — No Comments

New Gorilla Experiment!

This is absolute gold for mediation and conflict resolution trainers!

The famous "Invisible Gorilla Experiment" from 10+ years ago which just about every trainer uses t received a modern update.

For those who do not know what I am talking about and those who do, watch the video below:

Read the article […


Added by Jeff Thompson on July 14, 2010 at 6:13am — 3 Comments

Washington Post Ombudsman Finds Few Staffers Know Opinionating Rules

In the wake of the Dave Weigel controversy…

Added by Jeff Thompson on July 7, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

CVS To Use Mediation

Caremark, the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the signing of a National Universal Agreement to Mediate (NUAM) to informally resolve workplace disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) before an EEOC… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on July 5, 2010 at 5:43pm — 1 Comment

BP Looking To Close Ombuds Office!

Washington (CNN) -- BP has been trying to shut down an internal safety watchdog agency it set up under congressional pressure four years ago, according to sources close to the office and a leading congressman.

The Ombudsman Program was set up after a 2005 explosion at a BP refinery in Texas that killed 15 workers and a massive oil spill in Alaska the following year. Its chief, former federal judge Stanley Sporkin,…


Added by Jeff Thompson on July 1, 2010 at 10:04pm — No Comments

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