The Department’s Labor Relations program provides policy, oversight and guidance on a wide range of labor-management relations matters, including agency head review of collective bargaining agreements, certain negotiability disputes, labor-management cooperation efforts and various third-party matters. The Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (Statute) provides the legal framework for the Federal labor relations program and establishes rights and obligations for management, unions and employees. In particular, management officials are expected to apply the provisions of the Statute so as to promote cooperative labor-management relations that further the mission and goals of the Department. The DOI labor-management relations program is founded on the belief that labor unions are effective channels of communication with significant groups of employees and that prompt and equitable settlement of disputes can be best accomplished at the local level by utilizing flexible and informal procedures. Reference 370 DM 711: Labor-Management Relations for Departmental guidance.