In a recent blog, we discussed worker transition committees (also known as worker adjustment committees) and how they help by giving displaced worker the skills and tools they need to find their next job more quickly. The path to the next career is much different than it used to be, and the methods of job search, application, and interviewing have changed. Transition committees help impacted workers acquire these skills, better understand their options, and deal with the stresses they will face.
Transition committees consist of representatives from both management and labor. When multiple bargaining units are present in an organization, we seek to involve all of them on the committee. The services provided by the committee are available for all employees who are impacted, both labor and management.
Non-organized employers can also utilize worker transition committees. Employees on the committee are there to help their colleagues, the same as in an organized company.
Transition committees have a neutral chair, a neutral individual who is not from labor or management, whose role is to act as a resource and facilitator for the team. CALMC has served as neutral chair for State of Ohio transition teams for the last 11 years.
Committees help employees by giving them information and tools to help them find their next jobs, get necessary training, deal with the financial impact of layoff, and cope with the stress on themselves and their families. By working together as a team, labor and management show their commitment to help their colleagues.
CALMC supports the use of worker transition committees when downsizing will take place. Dealing with downsizing is very stressful for everyone involved, whether they are the workers being impacted, the managers who have to make the cuts and inform employees, and those who will remain. A transition committee helps those impacted, deals with rumors, provides factual information, and helps maintain stability for the employer.
We encourage employers to form committees as soon as possible before a layoff. When committees have at least a couple of months to work, they can create a high quality safety net for everyone involved.
For more information about Worker Transition Committees or help establishing one, contact CALMC.