Mr.Bob Oberstein

Area Of Expertise : Labor- Management and Employee Relations
51 Years Of Experience
Training Industry : Human Resources

Bob Oberstein has over 51 years of Labor/Employee Relations experience on all sides of the labor-management table including as a neutral (arbitrator, mediator) in both the public and private sectors. He has served as a Commissioner, Maricopa County's Judicial Merit System Review Commission; Member, City of Phoenix Fire and Police Pension Boards; and Member/Chairman, City of Phoenix Civil Service Board. He is also the recipient of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) Director's Certificate of Recognition for Achievement in Promoting Positive Labor-Management Relations. Bob has served as Director, of the Labor Management Relations Program at Ottawa University, Phoenix (OU), Arizona where he taught conflict resolution, grievance processing, arbitration, and negotiation among other courses. He also served OU as Ombudsman for all student, faculty, and support disputes as well as the Disabled Student Liaison and received recognition in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

 Bob currently mediates in the Family, Civil and Small Claims courts in the State of Washington and serves on the permanent panels/rosters for the FMCS Arbitration Roster (Regions 1, 2, 4, and 7); Oregon Employment Relations Board (OERB); Washington Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC); State of California Mediation and Conciliation Service (SCMCS) Public Employment Relations Panel; American Arbitration Association (AAA) Workplace Investigation Panel; Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Hearing Officer Panel; Eglin Air Force Base & American Federation of Government Employees Local No. 214 Arbitration Panel. In the past, Bob served as mediator and arbitrator on the employment, labor, commercial, and construction panels for the American Arbitration Association and for Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He was also the initial trainer and advisor for the U.S. EEOC’s Phoenix Regional Office’s mediation program where additionally, he served as a mediator. Bob has also served as facilitator/mediator for the Interest-based bargaining process for several labor negotiations as well as being a Special Master (Arb-Med) in labor-management grievance resolution.

 Bob holds a BA in English/Education from St. John's University, a Master of Science in Social Science and Graduate Certificate of Labor Studies from Long Island University, and a Master of Jurisprudence in Labor and Employment Law from Tulane University Law School.  

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Privacy Rights Issues in the Workplace

Do you know what an employee’s and employer’s privacy rights are? And if they claim such rights exist under the U.S. or a State constitution, statute or the common law if they are right or how you will respond? Can you identify if any policies, practices or ac ...

  • Basic & Intermediate
  • 90 Mins
  • Jun 26, 2024
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Social Media Issues In The Workplace

It's a lot more than just "sexting." or visiting inappropriate websites! Do you have a social media policy? Are employees aware of it and have they been trained in its proper application? Is your social media policy aligned with all your other policies and/or ...

  • Basic & Intermediate
  • 90 Mins
  • Aug 19, 2024
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Labor Relations Basic Survival Skills

Do you know the difference between past practice and precedent? Or what a management rights clause in a contract really means? How about the obligation of the employer to bargain with employees even if a union is not representing them? Are you aware of what a ...

  • Basic & Advanced
  • 90 Mins
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Detecting Truth, Deception, and Lies while conducting an Investigation

Truth can be elusive! Especially if someone’s lips are moving! Because there is always more to know if someone is being less than truthful. If the focus of your investigation is to establish the facts how then is it possible to find out the truth when the info ...

  • Basic & Advanced
  • 90 Mins
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Internal Investigations Crash Course

Maintaining ethical behavior in all aspects of the investigation Always respect the parties. Staying focused on the issue(s) and not getting distracted or exceeding one’s authority. Conducting a clearly organized and well-documented investigation. How to ...

  • Basic & Intermediate
  • 90 Mins