About Dr. Williams

Dr. Williams was first listed as a labor arbitrator and fact-finder by the Oregon Employment Relations Board in 1974. Since that time he has been additionally listed on state panels in Washington, Idaho, Montana and California. He is a member of the National Labor Panel Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Since 1974, he has written decisions in over 1000 labor disputes. In 1984 he was accepted into the National Academy of Arbitrators. He is also an experienced commercial arbitrator in the construction industry. As a full-time arbitrator, Dr. Williams handles a substantial number of cases each year including fact-finding, interest arbitration and grievance arbitration.

Timothy Williams received his B.A. from Bethel College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.  He has taught courses in conflict management, organizational communications, labor negotiations, and interpersonal communications at Hamline University, the University of Minnesota, Southern Oregon State College and Portland State University.  Currently he is an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University where he teaches courses in labor relations, labor negotiations and contract administration for the Division of Public Administration, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government.

Timothy D W Williams

PROFESSIONAL VITAE

EDUCATION

Received his B.A. from Bethel College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His major emphasis in all three degrees was on the broad field of Communication with special emphasis on Organizational Communication and Conflict Management. His study included work in the area of Negotiation Theory and the Social Psychology of Conflict.

TEACHING

Dr. Williams has 12 years of experience as a full time college professor. He has taught courses in conflict management, organizational communications, negotiations, and public speaking at Hamline University, the University of Minnesota and Southern Oregon State College. Currently, Dr. Williams is an adjunct professor of the Graduate School of Public Administration, Portland State University, where he teaches courses on labor relations, labor negotiations, contract administration, organizational communication and advocacy procedures.

TRAINING

Since 1975 Dr. Williams has presented more than 2,000 one and two-day training programs for both public and private organizations. His training topics, focusing on conflict management, negotiations, contract administration, and cooperative labor relations, include The Manager and Authority, The Constructive Use of Power, Effective Negotiating, Resolving Interpersonal Differences, and Managing Conflict on Construction Contracts – Partnering. A partial list of Dr. Williams' clients includes Washington State cities of Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma; the State of Washington, the State of Illinois, the Bank of Hawaii, and ITT Rayonier.

FACILITATION

Dr. Williams has substantial experience working as a facilitator of goal setting, problem solving and organizational development sessions. This includes working with political subdivisions. He also uses the facilitation process to overcome resistance to change particularly that brought about by the implementation of mergers and strategic alliances.

PARTNERING

Since January 1991, Dr. Williams has facilitated over 350 partnering sessions. He has been extensively involved developing partnering programs for the architectural, engineering and construction industry. He helped develop state-wide partnering programs for the Departments of Transportation in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. During the period 1991 to 1997 he consulted with the Boeing Company's Facilities Asset Management Organization and helped implement a corporate-wide strategic partnering program. His other clients include Seattle Symphony, University of Washington, Portland Community College, Seattle Central Community College, Army, Navy, FHWA, Port of Portland, National Park Service, Tektronix, Hewlett Packard, and many others. Two of the projects (I-90 Floating Bridge and Boeing's CSTC center) received national recognition for excellence and commendation for the partnering process. He has also applied the partnering principles to promoting cooperative labor relations in his work for a number of labor and management clients throughout the United States.

ARBITRATION BACKGROUND

First listed as an arbitrator and fact-finder by the Oregon Employment Relations Board in 1974. Since that time he has also been listed on state panels in Washington, Idaho, Montana and California. He is a member of the National Labor Panel Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. In 1984 he was accepted into the National Academy of Arbitrators. He is also an experienced commercial arbitrator in the construction industry. As a full-time arbitrator, Mr. Williams handles a substantial number of cases each year including fact-finding, interest arbitration and grievance arbitration. Since 1974 Dr. Williams has written decisions in more than 1000 arbitration cases. Of these, more than 700 have been grievance arbitrations.

ARBITRATION PRACTICE

Private Sector by Industry: Telephone, steel, metal processing, manufacturing, wholesale trade, warehousing, retail trade, health care, postal service, pulp and paper, publishing, food processing, construction and boat building.

Private Sector by Type of Dispute: DISCIPLINE AND DISCHARGE (absenteeism, insubordination, dishonesty, poor performance); SENIORITY (recall, bumping, order of layoff); PAY DISPUTES (overtime, premium pay, shift work); VACATIONS; HOLIDAYS; HEALTH AND WELFARE BENEFITS; MANAGEMENT RIGHTS; UNION RIGHTS; CONTRACT INTERPRETATION; PAST PRACTICE; ARBITRABILITY.

Public Sector by Industry: PUBLIC SCHOOLS (teachers and classified employees); EDUCATION SERVICE DISTRICTS (teachers and classified employees); COMMUNITY COLLEGES (teachers and classified employees); CITIES AND COUNTIES (police and sheriff, fire fighters, clerical, blue collar, white collar, supervisory, state police); FEDERAL GOVERNMENT (Immigration and Naturalization Service); PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION DISTRICTS and PUBLIC HOSPITALS.

Public Sector by Type of Dispute: DISCIPLINE AND DISCHARGE (absenteeism, insubordination, intoxication, poor performance, progressive discipline, dishonesty); NONRENEWAL OF PROBATIONARY TEACHERS; PAY DISPUTES (placement on the salary schedule, denial of merit increases, salary schedules); LEAVES OF ABSENCE (personal, sabbatical, sick, maternity, business, medical); HOLIDAYS; JOB ANALYSIS AND JOB EVALUATION; CONTRACT INTERPRETATION; SENIORITY (calculation, application); LAYOFF AND RECALL (bumping, recall); DISCRIMINATION; PROMOTION; TRANSFER, ARBITRABILITY.

ARBITRATION PANELS

Serves or has served on Veterans Administration/AFGE; Chemeketa Community College/OEA; State of Oregon/OPEU, Local 503, SEIU; Steel Industry/United Steelworkers of America, Seattle area; Oregon Health Sciences University/ONA; U.S. Postal Service/American Postal Workers Union; State of Alaska/AFSCME Local 52, Washington State Marine Commission, Silver Eagle and Oak Harbor Transport/Teamsters Local 81.

MEDIATION

As a labor mediator, Dr. Williams has worked in organizations to help resolve intra-management disputes and to facilitate organizational change. He is on the mediation panels for the American Arbitration Association. His client list includes a number of diverse organizations including Simpson Paper Company, Denver Public Schools, the State of Alaska and the Oregon Health Department.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)

National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA)

American Society for Training & Development