NYC Office of Collective Bargaining
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First Name: Initial: Last Name: Suffix: Arbitrator Since:
James S. Cooper 1980
Arbitration/Mediation Experience
Over twenty-five years as a full-time arbitrator, mediator and fact finder. From 1975 - 1980, served as Chairman of
the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission, a state labor board with jurisdiction over most public sector
employers, and a few private employers not under the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board.
Panels/Permanent Arbitrator
AAA, FMCS, The Labor Relations Connection, NH PERB, NYS PERB, MA Joint Labor Management
Committee for Police and Fire, MA Board of Conciliation and Arbitration, US Dept. of Defense and
Overseas Federation of Teachers, Virgin Islands PERB, MA State Colleges and MA State College Assn.,
NYS and CSEA, NYS and PEF, PEF and Steelworkers, MA Teachers Assn. and MA Teachers Assn. Staff
Organization, Harvard Univ. and Bldg. & Construction Trades Council & NE Reg. Council of Carpenters
Most issues arising from employer-employee relations, including contract interpretation, discipline,
jurisdictional issues, wages, promotions and union fees. Shipbuilding, paper, electronics, concrete,
manufacturing, retail, entertainment, construction, chemical & metals, automotive, newspaper/media,
communications, bookbindery, hotel & restaurant, transportation, federal, state and local government and
related civil service occupations including transportation, uniformed services, housing and education
Work History
1975-1980, Chairman, Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission
1973-1975, Attorney, Holtz and Drachman, Labor Relations counsel representing management.
1972-1973, Staff Attorney, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
JD, Law, Rutgers University (Newark), 1971
BA, Chemistry, Cornell University, 1968
Professional Affiliations