A Look Back at 2014, and a Look Forward to 2015

This week, most of us will be celebrating the beginning of a new year. As we reach the end of 2014, we want to pause to look back at the past year.

It was a year where the attacks on workers continued. Some inexplicably blame workers for the increasing income gap between top managers and employees. These people have allowed themselves to be deluded by those who blame unions, somehow ignoring history and economic data in believing union protections are no longer necessary. Often, old stereotypes of unions as the evil blockers of corporations and profits are hauled out as the basis for these beliefs.

These attitudes do not define the groups with which we work. At CALMC, we have the pleasure of working with unions and employees who recognize the benefits of working together and involving employees. Although we see some groups who continue to waste time and resources clinging to the adversarial mode, most have matured beyond these beliefs.

It was a good year for CALMC. We continued to provide service for employers and workers in a variety of situations. We helped two groups impacted by a facility closure as they made their transition to new careers and work locations. We worked to sustain excellent safety records through our employee involved safety process, Safety Always.

We delivered a variety of training programs, including those for union leadership on how to build a cooperative environment and for front line supervisors, including sessions for how to supervise in a unionized environment. We are also in the process of developing a new training curriculum for front-line supervisors in the City of Columbus. We conducted meetings and presentations for our members, and conducted our annual golf outing. We continued to provide support and act as a resource for many others.

We also continued to updater our website, calmc.org, post this blog weekly, and provide other information on our Facebook page. We also moved our webinars to a video format and posted them on the CALMC channel on YouTube.

Of course, that is not everything we did, but you see we continue to provide the low-cost, high quality services for when we are known. We pledge to maintain this in 2015 and work to expand the scope of our efforts and the customers we serve.

Our thanks go out to those who provide us financial support, including the City of Columbus, Franklin County, the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, and our other members and clients who promote labor-management cooperation.

CALMC is here to help you build or enhance your employee engagement efforts, provide training, conduct assessments, or deliver other services designed to meet your needs. Let us know if we can help.

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Columbus Area Labor-Management Committee is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to involving employers and employees to preserve jobs, resolve workplace issues, and promote labor-management cooperation. Visit our website at http://calmc.org
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