Category Archives: Public Sector

Examples of labor-management cooperation work in the public sector of Ohio.

An Upcoming Issue Facing Labor, Management and the Community – Driverless Vehicles

This week, we attended a hearing conducted by the Transportation and Public Safety Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives. The session dealt with the advantages and disadvantages of driverless technology, and showed an upcoming issue between transport drivers and … Continue reading

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Did You Know: Even Michael Jordan Missed Game Winners?

When we work with teams to develop their problem-solving skills, they often express a familiar worry, “What if we are not successful?” Team members may be concerned they will not be able to solve the problems they face. They may … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Trends in Labor-Management Relations, 2017 – Part One

The most popular post on our blog in 2016 dealt with trends in Labor-Management relations and collective bargaining. Since its publication in March 2004 it has been one of the most often read articles every year. It is time to … Continue reading

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An Employee Engagement Success Story

We have written a number of articles about the benefits of employee involvement. This week, we would like to highlight a success story. The knowledge and experience of employees can help create effective solutions to workplace issues. An example of … Continue reading

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Back to School – How Is the Labor-Management Relationship?

As summer comes to an end, students and staff head back to school. Most school districts in Central Ohio have already opened, while others around the country are preparing to begin their academic year. When they do, what kind of … Continue reading

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How Are Your Team’s Critical Thinking Skills?

When I was a science teacher, one of our goals was to enhance the ability of our students to use critical thinking skills. As I look at the approach to studying problems commonly used today, I am afraid we failed. … Continue reading

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Updates on Ohio Public Sector Collective Bargaining

The last two weeks we have written about our CALMC membership meeting, and the comments of Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service mediator George Albu regarding trends in labor relations and collective bargaining, This week, we will look at the remarks … Continue reading

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Group Problem Solving – It is Important to Be Objective

We recently worked with a group recently that was dealing with a significant problem facing their organization. It quickly became clear they were falling into one of the major pitfalls of problem solving. Some members of the group came into … Continue reading

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Why Not To Have Time Limits on Agendas – Part 2

Last week we wrote about the use of time limits on meeting agendas. As we discussed, the committees we facilitate rarely need these constraints to complete their work. Last time, we talked about the role of effective facilitation in helping … Continue reading

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Update on a Successful Labor-Management Team

A few months ago, we told you about a labor-management committee we were facilitating. The committee came together to look at ways to save their jobs. The employees are word processing specialists who were concerned changing technology and responsibilities could … Continue reading

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