Home of the Southwest Rockies Region of the National Academy of Arbitrators
The Southwest Rockies Region existed in its basic structure of labor-management arbitrators admitted into the National Academy of Arbitrators prior to 1960. Over these ensuing decades, the Region has grown to include NAA labor and employment arbitrators and mediators located in Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. Some of our members have two professional locations, from Georgia to Missouri through California. The Region’s members serve to resolve disputes throughout the entire United States and its territories. The parties who select us arbitrators come from federal or public sector entities, postal service, railroad, airlines, and private sector in which labor organizations represent the employees as their exclusive bargaining agent.
NAA arbitrators and mediators must adhere to the Code of Professional Responsibility for Labor Arbitrators (“Code”). The Code may be accessed publicly at https://naarb.org/code-of-professional-responsibility/. NAA arbitrators serve the parties as neutral umpires. The parties select us to resolve disputes pursuant to processes the parties have mutually agreed through joint negotiations. Arbitrators often refer to themselves as “creature of the contract,” meaning their occupation focuses on “the relationship between employer and union as expressed in their contract,” i.e., their collective bargaining agreement.
42nd Annual Labor-Management Relations Conference
February 28 – March 2, 2019, Houston, TX
Annually, the Southwest Rockies Region hosts its labor-management and employment conference to bring together arbitrators, employer representatives, union officials and their respective legal counsel and advocates. The conference strives to create a collegiate atmosphere for discussions, illumination of topical subjects and updates on trends surfacing in the employment arena. The annual conference presents luminary speakers and instructors from various industrial relations entities and highly knowledgeable practitioners in labor-management and employment disciplines. The Region designs the conference programs to encourage full participation for the new and the highly seasoned practitioners to gain valuable tools for their future use. To this end, the Region relies heavily upon feed-back from attendees at the conferences, research of legislative develops and court decisions, reliable news sources, educational sources, and other authorities in the industrial relations field.