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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

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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It’s Time To Start Caring For Each Other

A staff layout recently occurred at the major Columbus paper and media outlet, The Dispatch.  Gatehouse Media, the owner of The Dispatch, said it was needed for business purposes and to invest in the future.  It all sounds familiar:  Layoffs … Continue reading

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Communications Begins with Effective Listening

It seems like when we first meet with labor-management groups they have complaints about communications in their organizations. We see issues with the ability of both labor and management to effectively communicate with each other. There are numerous causes for … Continue reading

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There Is No “I” In Team

We have blogged many times about the need for worker voice whether that be in unionized or non-union work environments.  We also have identified many sources who also agree with us about the need for worker voice. We’ve recently blogged … Continue reading

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Building Futures – Preparing Graduates for a Better Future

We are entering the graduation season. Whether students will don caps, gowns, hoods, or be in less formal settings, it represents a progression. For some, it is a time for educational pursuits to reach their conclusion, while for others, it … Continue reading

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Quality Is About Leadership and Working Together

There have been multiple reports on the Boeing Max 737 disasters and also several other articles about ongoing quality problems at Boeing.  The New York Times recently did an investigation that included problems at the South Carolina plant where workers’ … Continue reading

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CALMC Membership Meeting – Smart Columbus

Last month Columbus Area Labor-Management Committee members and guests gathered for our Membership Meeting. They had the opportunity to enjoy breakfast, networking with colleagues, and hear a presentation on an issue impacting labor, management, and the community. The presentation described … Continue reading

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A Great Starting Place!

Recently, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company released their annual Workplace Safety Index in February and the numbers are astounding.  They identify the top 10 problems that result in workplace injuries.  One of them was Falls to Lower Levels which has increased … Continue reading

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Is History Repeating Itself?

For the last few weeks, we’ve been blogging on the Federal Reserve’s initiative, Investing in America’s Workforce.  The initiative identifies the issues employers and employees are facing under the current economic conditions based on conversations each of the Fed regional … Continue reading

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