Category Archives: CALMC

Avoiding Common Collective Bargaining Mistakes

Collective bargaining is a difficult process that places great stress on those at the bargaining table. Even having an effective labor-management cooperative process does not guarantee a smooth, easy negotiations. One of the observations I’ve made during several contract negotiations … Continue reading

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Labor Day 2020. Some Good News (For a Change)

Happy Labor Day! As we celebrate the holiday, let’s remember this is more than just a three day weekend, it is a tribute to workers. The U.S. Department of Labor states the holiday “is a creation of the labor movement … Continue reading

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Health and Safety Committees – It Shouldn’t Take a Pandemic

How is your health and safety committee doing? You do have one, right? If not, why? There is no good reason not to have a health and safety committee. The knowledge and experience of everyone in the workplace can help … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly

This week, we want to highlight some things happening with Columbus Area Labor-Management Committee as well as take another look at the school reopening controversy. The Good – Even though the CALMC office remains closed due to the pandemic, there … Continue reading

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I’m Glad I Don’t Have to Make this Decision

Sometimes I wonder if anything is going smoothly this year. Even something as seeming routine as opening a school year is fraught with controversy. Should schools reopen with students in attendance every day, use a hybrid model of in-person and … Continue reading

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OK. What’s Next?

It’s clear that, as a nation when it comes to the pandemic, things are not really improving. While it is true the death rate from COVID-19 is dropping slightly, there are still too many people dying. While the number of … Continue reading

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Taxes. Workers, and Thermodynamics

It is tax season again. Those words can strike terror into the hearts of many. Even though the date is later this year, many people are still unprepared. This week we want to look at some issues about tax time … Continue reading

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“There’s a lot of stupid floating around out there.”

It seems that way, doesn’t it? The quote in the title is from South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, an ardent supporter of this president, who is concerned about the way the public is handling the reopening of businesses and gatherings. … Continue reading

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These Are the Times That Try Our Souls

I’m using the words of Thomas Paine (with a slight modification) to summarize my thoughts about this week. Between the Coronavirus and over 100,000 deaths in the United States, economic volatility and the resulting massive unemployment levels, and the growing … Continue reading

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Three Things to Remember: Here Comes the Science

We have had the opportunity to learn a lot in the last few weeks. Words that we had never heard of are now part of our regular vocabulary. We have learned about our friends, families, leaders, and ourselves. What many … Continue reading

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