Representation for Contract Negotiation
When representing a member of the clergy or another employee, I “sit at the negotiating table” for him or her. Here’s how it works: in person or over the phone, or both, I begin by learning as much about you and your organization as I can: asking questions, listening to you, reflecting back what you tell me, identifying your goals and resources and clarifying your values and vision.
I take all the information you give me, verbally and in documentation, and help you synthesize it into a picture of what you want your relationship with your organization to look like, including your financial package, benefits, time off, and any other tangible or intangible aspects. I represent that picture to the organization, and respond to the their proposals as presented by their negotiators, at your direction. My style is a collaborative, mutual gains approach. While I always begin with the assumption that we are in partnership with the organization in arriving at agreement, I remain on your side exclusively.
When I mediate, I act as a neutral party, facilitating a workable solution for individuals or organizations who have come to an impasse in a discussion or disagreement. Examples of mediations I have conducted include employment relationship issues and ownership of intellectual property.