Both sides have now agreed to call in a mediator. It looks as if Allison Beck of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will get to work before the day is out. Whether she can avert a lockout tomorrow morning is anyone’s guess. Peter Gelb must be praying she’ll get him off the hook.
Beck was for 20 years General Counsel of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO (IAM).