SEN. DAVE KOEHLER
Illinois' 46th Senate District
First Director of PALM
The story of the Peoria Area Labor Management Council (PALM)
begins in the early 1980s, one of the most difficult times the area has known. The economy was in trouble, and efforts to stem the tide were hampered by the area's reputation as having a poor labor-management climate.
In early 1984, the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC) gathered a group of business, labor and civic leaders to address a number of issues facing the community. From those discussions came a decision to focus on labor-management relationships in order to improve the image and competitiveness of our area and its industries.
The following year, PACC received funding to form a not-for-profit labor-management council from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service's (FMCS) Labor Management Grant Program. On November 1, 1985, PALM opened its doors in the Chamber offices.
PALM directed much of its early efforts toward helping labor and management get to know each other better. The adversarial nature of past relationships made communication the first order of business, and establishing open communication led to identifying common concerns and mutual interests. That open communication has been the foundation of PALM ever since.