Date(s) - 02/18/22
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

COLERA Virtual Arbitration Academy – Session 7

Negotiations and Mediations

Virtual Meeting

COLERA is offering “free arbitration skills training” to our members.  Each session is approximately two (2) hours in duration and will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Negotiations and Mediations

Joe and Carolyn will present an overview of the basics of mediation, what to expect, your role and how to negotiate a mutual remedy.   They will discuss real life experience in the fundamental skills of mediation.   Bring questions you may have about mediation advocacy for the skilled mediators to answer.


Our speakers for this session are FMCS Commissioner Joseph Trejo and Mediator Carolyn Borden.

Joe Trejo is a Federal mediator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) in the Columbus, Ohio field office. Mr. Trejo has been with the Agency since June 2011, starting his career in the Denver, Colorado field office. Mr. Trejo transferred to the Columbus field office in January 2019. As a Federal mediator, Mr. Trejo’s mission is to promote the development of sound and stable labor-management relationships. Mr. Trejo’s primary responsibilities include advocating, collective bargaining, developing and advocating the practice of conflict resolution through the use of alternative dispute resolution, and establishing a joint process to improve labor-management relationships. Before joining the FMCS, Mr. Trejo spent eight years with the Office of Collective Bargaining (OCB) with the state of Ohio, departing as the manager of labor relations and dispute resolution. At the OCB, Mr. Trejo was responsible for managing the mediation and arbitration programs for grievance resolution provided consulting and training services to agency human resources staff regarding employee relations, reviewing and approving all grievance responses issued by the state prior to arbitration, reviewing and approving all issue settlements and any disciplinary settlements involving the payment of money, and worked with legal counsel in matters involving the office and the state’s collective bargaining program. Mr. Trejo also represented OCB at negotiations with OCSEA Local 11, AFSCME, Ohio Health Care Employees, District 1199, SEIU, Ohio Education Association, and the Ohio State Troopers Association. Mr. Trejo started his labor relations career as a member of Teamster’s Local Union 284 in Columbus, Ohio. He was a union member for close to 20 years, with more than 10 years spent as a steward and three years as secretary/treasurer. Mr. Trejo’s responsibilities included negotiating for the union collective bargaining agreements for newly organized and existing companies, representing the union at Federal mediation hearings, representing the union at arbitration hearings, participating in the organization and certification of elections and new members, and completing all fiscal matters for the local union.

Carolyn Borden-Collins is a skilled mediator who takes pride in helping people reach mutually acceptable agreements. She believes the most satisfying and sustainable resolution to a conflict is one the parties develop themselves. Carolyn’s diverse professional and life experience has given her a balanced and insightful perspective on the conflict that can arise between employers and employees. Carolyn is the owner and president of Borden, White, & Associates, Inc., an alternative dispute resolution company. The company provides services in arbitrations, mediations, facilitations and public sector human resources consulting.

Carolyn began her labor relations career in 1986, when collective bargaining began in the state of Ohio. While an employee of the state, Carolyn served as an organizer to form the bargaining unit and served on the union’s negotiation team for the first labor contract between the State of Ohio, office of attorney general and OCSEA, AFSCME Local 11. From 1986 – 1989 Carolyn served as a union steward and executive board member for the newly formed bargaining unit. Starting in the 1990s and through 2013, Carolyn served as a management representative at the Ohio Department Of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), Montgomery County Board of DODD and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Her experience as a management representative included advocacy, negotiation, grievance management, reorganizations and executive leadership. She served on the negotiation team for multiple contracts between the State of Ohio and OCSEA, SEIU-1199, and OEA.

As a mediator, Carolyn has extensive training in mediating a broad range of issues including employee disputes, civil disputes, special education and criminal misdemeanors. She has a degree in humanities from Antioch University and has received formal training in dispute resolution from Capital University, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, community mediation services (Columbus, Ohio) and the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution (Baltimore, Maryland). She also has received training in issues of poverty, cultural diversity, non-violent communication and compassionate communication. | 937-776-0905(Dayton) | 614.824.5171(Columbus)


Meeta Bass, COLERA President, and Arbitrator/Mediator

Pricing and Registration

This webinar is free of charge for COLERA members. Nonmembers can still participate at a cost of $25 for each session. Whether you are a member or a non-member, please book your seat below to reserve your spot and receive the information to join the webinar.

Event Recording

A video recording will become available to COLERA members after the event; please check the members’ only video archive following the event.

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