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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

Dancing with A Bear

There is an old saying that applies to labor-management relationships and employee engagement: “It’s OK to dance with a bear, but you can’t stop until the bear is ready to stop.” It is great if you want to build a … Continue reading

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Are You Sure You Need A Hiring Bonus?

I’m sure you have seen the signs about hiring bonuses.  You may have heard some things about some of the companies putting up the signs. One of the companies I have seen is for customer service reps. Others have been … Continue reading

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Do You Know: How Would Your Co-Workers Answer These Questions

When we begin work with a new organization we first need to learn as much as we can about them. We want to know about their strengths and problem areas so we can focus our efforts on ways to improve … Continue reading

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How Often Do You Sit Down To Talk To Employees?

Have you ever sat down with employees to discuss how their work is going, or what support they need to help with issues they encounter?  Have you ever discussed career development plans with employees?  How about seeking the input or … Continue reading

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Addressing Conflict in Labor-Management and Other Settings – Part Two

In my last blog, I wrote about conflict. Some people fear conflict, believing it can destroy relationships. Others encourage it, and some go out of their way to foment it. Neither of these behaviors are healthy. We must recognize disagreements … Continue reading

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Reflecting Back

Last week we in the U. S. celebrated Independence Day or 4th of July, the celebration of our country’s birthday.  It’s a great summer time holiday with family, friends, cook outs and fireworks!  For many people it’s a freedom celebration … Continue reading

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Ways to Address Conflict in Labor-Management and Other Settings – Part One

Conflict. It seems to be an inherent part of any process. If we ignore it or fail to deal with it effectively, it can destroy the process and leave more problems for the future. The key factor with conflict is … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Workers Compensation Changes Contemplated by H.B. 80

This week we feature a guest post from two of our members, Colleen and Henry Arnett from the law firm of Livorno and Arnett. Their practice focuses on legal issues facing labor, and this week they examine an important piece … Continue reading

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What’s In Your Training Plan?

I’ve been reading some articles about Walmart training and it’s interesting to find out how the retailer has been training new entry level employees. Computer-based modules and virtual reality technology provide learning to new hires on topics including customer service, … Continue reading

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Did You Know: You Can Use Interest-Based Problem Solving Outside of Labor-Management Situations?

Whether it’s a labor-management committee or any other type of a group, it’s easy to respond to disagreements in an adversarial manner. When we do, the likelihood of reaching an agreement drops. Instead, we need to try to change the … Continue reading

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