The Bureau of Mediation Services

Welcome to the State of Minnesota, Bureau of Mediation Services (BMS). The BMS is a state agency headed by Commissioner Josh Tilsen ( The commissioner is appointed by the Governor (Mark Dayton) with the advice and consent of the Minnesota State Senate.

The mission of the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services is to promote stable and constructive labor-management relations and the use of alternative dispute resolution and collaborative processes in areas other than labor-management. This is accomplished through:

  • assisting parties in resolving collective bargaining disputes
  • resolving questions of labor union representation and bargaining unit structure
  • supporting, training and facilitating area and worksite joint labor-management committees
  • providing related technical training and information
  • promoting the art, science and practice of conflict resolution in public agencies
  • developing and maintaining a roster of labor arbitrators

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National Labor Relations Conference - July 2015


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