Conflict Resolution

A.M.A.N.B. – U.M.N.B.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION COMMITTEE

  1. Mandate

    The volunteer based Conflict Resolution Committee is a peer mediation group.  The involvement of this committee can be a “first step” to assist municipalities that are having difficulties in relationships between council and staff and/or among council members.  This committee will assist the affected parties in identifying problems themselves so they may come to a mutually satisfactory understanding and agreement on how the issue(s) may be resolved.  It is important to emphasize that the AMANB – UMNB Conflict Resolution Committee is not a professional mediation group.

     
  2. Definitions

    Mediation –  A process in which a neutral third party helps others to negotiate a solution to a problem.  Mediators help the parties attempt to fashion an acceptable and lasting solution to their problem, and to analyze whether the proposed solution is better or worse than not settling the dispute.

    Conflict Resolution Committee – Hereinafter known as the “committee”.  The committee is comprised of members of the Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick (UMNB) and the Association of Municipal Administrators of New Brunswick (AMANB).

    Conflict Resolution Team –  Hereinafter known as the “team”.  The team is comprised of two members from the committee (one administrative; one elected) who are appointed by the committee to assist municipalities that are having difficulties in relationships between council and staff and/or among council members, by leading them through the mediation process.

    BATNA – Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement

    WATNA – Worst Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement

     
  3. Expenses

    All meals and, if required, accommodations for the team will be provided for by the requesting municipality. If the requesting municipality is not a member of the UMNB or the AMANB, all relevant costs (mileage, accommodations and meals) will be invoiced to the municipality by the individual team members.

     
  4. Notification

    (a) Written Requests:

    Correspondence should be addressed and sent to the Registrar who will ensure that copies are distributed to all members of the committee.  If a committee member receives a request for mediation, it should be immediately forwarded to:

Conflict Resolution Committee
C/O: Danielle Charron, Registrar
20 Courtney Street
Douglas, N. B.
E3G 8A1

A Request for Mediation form (Appendix “A”) shall be faxed or mailed back to the requesting party.  Once completed and signed, the Registrar shall distribute copies to all members of the committee for review.  The original shall remain on file at the Registrar’s office.

(b) Oral requests:

If an oral request for mediation is received it shall be forwarded to the Registrar and a Request for Mediation form (Appendix  “A”) shall be sent to the requesting party for completion and signatures from both affected parties.  The Registrar shall distribute copies to all members of the committee for review.  The original shall remain on file at the Registrar’s Office.
 

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