Joshua M. Javits is a neutral mediator and arbitrator. He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA), the International Ombudsman Association, the rosters of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service FMCS), and the National Mediation Board (NMB). He was Chairman and Member of the National Mediation Board from 1988 to 1993.
He was Grievance Committee Chairman of the International Monetary Fund, from 2007 to 2011. He sits on over 40 neutral arbitration panels and has arbitrated over 2000 cases. He has represented labor unions and management -- at different times -- in the past, and began his career as a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board. He is a graduate of Yale College and Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Javits has worked with numerous entities to develop effective conflict resolution procedures, with enormous resulting savings in litigation costs and exposure. As an Ombudsman, he has been appointed by organizations as a resource for employees and managers to counsel or mediate workplace issues. After having gained the confidence of all constituencies, Mr. Javits has used his familiarity with individual companies to resolve multiple disputes informally.
Internal Dispute Resolution at International Organizations(11/26/13)
Over the past forty years, globalization has made its impact on the law by enhancing the international nature of domestic laws and by heightening the relevance of international organizations. As international organizations have expanded in number and prominence, the traditional boundaries of domestic legal systems have been re-examined. The expansion of employee rights and benefits has exerted upward pressure on international organizations, whose jurisprudence tends to evolve in tandem with domestic law. Thus, international law has increasingly recognized employee rights.
Income Inequality: Are Unions the Answer?(09/03/13)
If income inequality is the problem; are unions the answer? The middle class is being pushed into poverty at an alarming rate. Four out of five Americans will experience poverty at some point in their lifetimes - up from 4 in 10 only a few years ago. America's top 1% now owns 35% of the nation's wealth, leaving the bottom 80% to share only 11% of the pie. The "middle" has seen a $6, 218 decline in median household income over the last decade. As the gap continues to widen, the social fabric rends and a substantial portion of the population is relegated to desperation and despair.
The Chicago teachers’ strike crystallizes the conflict between escalating demands for labor productivity and the needs of workers for job security. At issue are the right of principals to accept teachers from up to 100 schools proposed for closure and the process for evaluating teachers, including through the use of student test scores.