CALMC Updates and an Invitation

I want to share a newsletter we sent to our membership this week. I contains information about what we have been doing and an invitation to a strategic planning session in February. We want to get input on the future direction of CALMC, and would like to invite anyone who is interested to attend.

Here is the newsletter:

It has been a while since we updated you on what’s happening at Columbus Area Labor-Management Committee. We had planned to have a membership meeting in the fall, but the election kept getting in the way of people being able to attend.

We would like to invite you to participate in a strategic planning session on the future of CALMC. On February 15 at 9:30 AM, we will meet to discuss the structure, services, and future plans for CALMC. The meeting will be at our new office location, 2800 South High Street. The session should last until around 3:00, and we hope you will be able to join us for all or part of the session to help set the future of CALMC.

Please let us know if you will be able to attend.

We also want to tell you about some of the new initiatives we have been working on.

1.  CALMC-On-Demand:  We have started a series of short webinars.  They are found on our website,  Click on CALMC-On-Demand.  Each of the webinars is located under different channels, or categories of topics.  Our channels so far are Problem Solving, Employee Engagement and Effective Meetings.  Keep checking back as we add more.  We would love to have some feedback and if you have any suggestions for topics, please let us know.

2.  Dispute Resolution:  Recently, there have been some inquiries about providing assistance in this area.  We can do conflict resolution training and peer mediation training.  This training can be customized according to the needs of the organization.  Please contact us if you need this service.

3.  Retirement Visioning Seminar:  One of the big items happening in the workplace, especially in the public sector, is a large number of employees opting to retire.  One of the major problems identified when people retire is they don’t have a vision of what they would like their retirement to be.  Most people plan financially but don’t think about what to do when they don’t have to go to work anymore.  This can eventually causes some distress.  We want to help people focus on their retirement.  This seminar can include spouses or significant others so they, too, can be part of the planning.  Let us know if you are interested in this seminar.  Again, there are some variations of this seminar we can do and will work with you to provide assistance to those about to retire or newly retired.

REMINDER:  We still do in-person labor-management cooperation training or team building training.  Facilitation for meetings is also available and we can provide groups some ideas to help with their process.

FOR THOSE OF YOU IN STATE AGENCIES:  Remember you can get labor-management committee effectiveness training FREE through OCSEA/Union Education Trust for the entire committee.  There are two training programs available:

The three-day training includes a committee effectiveness pre-training assessment and a post-training assessment plus two facilitated meetings.  This training can be customized and we are flexible about scheduling the three days.  With three consecutive days there is more camaraderie developed but we also recognize everybody’s busy schedule and will accommodate the three days into a weekly schedule if need be.

The other training program is a one-day training. It is best as an intro or a review.  It does not include the assessments or facilitation.

Please visit the Union Education Trust website for an application.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.  We have articles and other items that pertain to the workplace.  Please Like Us on Facebook.  There also is our weekly blog that provides tips and techniques for groups.  The blog can also be reached from our website.

Thanks for your continued support! We hope you will be able to join us at the February 15 meeting. Please let us know if you plan to attend.

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