Several months ago, we wrote about the need to use labor-management committees for economic development purposes. We explained labor-management committees provide an opportunity for labor, management and other leaders to discuss issues that can impact workers and employers. That is exactly what happened last week at CALMC’s board meeting.
One CALMC board member asked other members, including CALMC staff, to attend a breakfast meeting to discuss state unemployment issues with a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from the community. CALMC staff and board members did attend the meeting and provided the State Representative with information regarding unemployment benefits. Both management and labor were represented to provide different perspectives about what is happening, not only with unemployment benefits but other worker benefits and pay.
The discussion was tremendous and identified some of the major concerns in the workplace SHARED by both labor and management community leaders. As we have written before, much workplace legislation is outdated, and that includes legislation regarding unemployment compensation. Funds in Ohio for unemployment have never fully recovered from the Great Recession and some of that is because of legislation that needs to be revised.
This was a great example of how conversations about economic development issues can start within community labor-management committees. Not only does it provide an opportunity for different perspectives to be heard but it helps to build and strengthen the camaraderie of community leadership to work together on issues impacting workers and employers.
This week we posted the latest Quick Takes video presentation on our web site. This video discusses Consensus Decision Making and its importance in any team-based problem solving process. It is a part of our series on the Tools for Problem Solving.
We want to thank everyone who has watched the videos. We recently surpassed 5,000 views for some of the presentations. They are designed to introduce a topic or provide detail on a particular facet of a process, providing a brief presentation that can be viewed at no cost anytime on any device. We currently have them grouped into three channels, Effective Meetings, Interest-Based Problem Solving, and Tools for Problem Solving.
If you haven’t seen a Quick Takes presentation, we hope you will take the time to watch one (or more). Please give us your feedback and suggestions on topics you would like to see in future videos.
This week labor organizations in Central Ohio once again showed how they help the community and take care of those in need. The labor kick-off for Central Ohio United Way was held this last week. One area that’s a huge need is childhood hunger. Some children go to school hungry and are unable to perform because they haven’t eaten since lunch the day before – if then. One of the unions has already started to provide assistance. Transport Workers Local 208, Columbus COTA bus drivers, has been organizing a food drive for one of the local charities that helps families in need.
Last week we held a CALMC Membership meeting. Our members and guests enjoyed breakfast and the opportunity to network with other leaders from labor, management, and neutrals. Our speaker, attorney Trent Taylor from Barkan, Meizlish Handelman, Goodin, DeRose, Wentz, LLP, provided an update on recent court cases impacting labor relations, along with a look ahead at the Janus case to be heard this year. We will have more about that case in an upcoming blog.
Pictures from the meeting can be seen on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pg/CALMC-102281063144885/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1739393092766999. Our next membership meeting is tentatively set for late February and will deal with the expansion and retention of jobs in Central Ohio. We will have more about that as we finalize the details. We hope you will join us.
We will leave you this week with a quote that seems particularly timely:
“We have to remind our sons and daughters that we became the most powerful nation on earth by tearing down walls, not building them.” – Sen. John McCain