The Arbitrator and The Process

Ed Davidson is a seasoned former union leader and business executive from the airline industry who has served in both a labor leadership post as well as corporate management capacity. His experience on both "sides" of the table makes him uniquely qualified to provide unbiased, informed and experienced decision-making in all aspects of employment and labor disputes.

Ed's training in arbitration and mediation takes in both academic and practical aspects as he has attended significant academic instruction in labor law and arbitral fundamentals at the American Arbitration Association as well as the Scheinman School of Conflict Resolution which is a part of the Industrial Relations Department at Cornell Uniiversity.

Ed was selected to be in the inaugural course for Arbitrator Development Training by Cornell's ILR School and has participated in numerous labor and employment arbitration hearings in both a union as well as management capacity. He has also served on a number of tri-partite panels as either the Chairman or an arbitration panel member.

Mr. Davidson is a member of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association and Co-Chair of the ABA's Dispute Resolution Section Mid-East Sub-Committee. He holds the designation ACIArb, (Associate, Chartered Institute Arbitrator), which is a professional designation by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators based in London, England and attests to the associate's professional experience and qualifications in arbitration or mediation.

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Requesting Arbitration or Mediation

All arbitration or mediation hearings/sessions are requested by mutual application by the parties. Usually, the request comes from the force of the labor contract between the parties but on some occasions parties will submit an issue to arbitration or mediation outside a formal internal process.

The Award

Arbitration is final and binding. Once the arbitrator issues an "award" the parties are obliged to follow it. Arbitration awards are subject to court ordered compliance in many jurisdictions throughout the world.


Mediation often preceeds arbitration and is the process of attempting to find mutually agreed solutions to labor-management issues via a neutral party - the mediator. Mediation is not final or binding but, rather, allows parties to refine issues to core problems that can then be submitted to the arbitrator.


There are no filing fees or other usual court costs. The arbitrator is compensated by the parties under mutual agreement to cost sharing - usually both paying a portion of the arbitrator's fee. Arbitration is billed by the day and days are calculated on 9:00AM-5:00PM with a one-hour lunch break. Some hearings are less than a day but a full day rate is charged unless the arbitrator can find another case to fill the unused time. Travel by the arbitrator is also equally split by the parties and is billed at business class rates with tickets that allow changes as typically clients seek revisions to dates/times close to hearing days. Ancillary costs such as witness travel, hotels, meeting rooms, etc. are the responsibility of the respective parties.

Mediation is billed at hourly rates and is based on a pre-filed and agreed proposal submitted to the parties and agreed in advance. Hourly charges in excess of the proposal are delineated in the proposal as "additional charges".

Davidson Arbitration accepts payment by credit card or check (with appropriate credit references) and will invoice the parties for their business purposes and to ensure all parties are aware of the status of payments.

Requesting Arbitration or Mediation Services

To request either arbitration or mediation please contact us at the email address below and we will send the appropriate forms to initiate the process.

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