Working with Unions in Tough Fiscal Times: A Guide to Labor-Management Cooperation

Source: M. Scott Milinski, HR News Magazine, April 2008

Many unionized organizations in the private sector have successfully responded to the competitive challenge through labor-management cooperation programs. These programs have also been used effectively in the public sector to reinvent and streamline government, saving taxpayer dollars and jobs. However, many jurisdictions have had poor results with these programs. The reasons are fairly simple; labor-management cooperation initiatives usually fail due to lack of proper support, purpose and structure. This article lays out the critical elements for an effective labor-management initiative. Address these issues, and labor-management efforts will be more successful.

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