Continuing its efforts to spread unionization throughout the business world, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel this week announced a new partnership with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS) office. FMCS is an independent federal agency created in 1947 to promote labor-management peace and cooperation by providing mediation and conflict resolution services. Now together with the NLRB, the two agencies agree to work together to “promote collective bargaining” up to and including FMCS conducting card counts where appropriate in lieu of union representation elections. The General Counsel’s memo also advises Regional NLRB offices to consider seeking remedies to labor management disputes that involve FCMS services such as the engagement of a mediator from FCMS to help facilitate ‘good faith bargaining’ or FMCS training on collective bargaining.