Category Archives: Labor-Management Cooperation

News and Notes on a Holiday Weekend

As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the United States, I want to use the blog for this week to highlight some item from the Columbus Area Labor-Management Committee. On November 20, we held out most recent Membership Meeting. City Councilmember … Continue reading

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Do You Know: Check Your Knowledge About These Facts

This week, we are going to start with a quiz. Let’s test your knowledge about some commonly known facts. You don’t need to look them up, we will give you the answers following the items. Which of the following statements … Continue reading

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CALMC Releases New On-Demand Video and Podcast

This week CALMC added two new on-line resources to our website. These complement the training and information already on our site. The newest entry in our Quick Takes video series deals with consensus decision making. While this form of decision … Continue reading

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Do You Know: Do Problems Mean Labor-Management Cooperation Does Not Work?

What if an employer and union who have been working to build labor-management cooperation suddenly stumble and experience problems? Does it mean cooperation has failed? The answer is a very definite “No”. Disagreements, even serious ones, do not indicate the … Continue reading

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What? Another Meeting?

Sometimes it’s hard to convince labor-management committees they need to meet on a regular schedule, preferably no less than once a month. While this applies to other groups as well, today we want to focus on LMC’s. If committees are … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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