Seminars

Do you have a strategy for relating with your employees' union? Working together we will develop the approach that make sense for your organization and situation. There is no cookie-cutter approach that works.

How will you achieve your organization's mission in the context of an organized workforce?

Union Basics

This one-day seminar is intended for those with little to no experience managing and leading in a unionized environment.

  • What does it mean if your employees organize?
  • On matters related to wages and working conditions you will have to reach agreement with your employees. That's just the tip of the iceberg.
  • In practice it means you now have an organization embedded within yours. That organization has its own culture, and its interests are not identical with your organization's mission. How do you ensure success in this environment?
  • The local union is a node of a much larger organization, the international union. What are the interests of the larger union? Are they seperate and distinct from the interests of your employees? How can the international union help you achieve your organization's mission?

Advanced Union Topics

This two-day seminar gives your senior leadership a guide to understand the real worldview, mindset and challenges of the organized workforce and a series of strategic choices to make for your organization. Whether you're new to an organized workforce or a veteran, you'll walk away with a fresh understanding of the situation.

  • How do unions decide where, when, and how to organize new members?
  • Self-assessment of your organization.
  • What else do unions do?
  • What are the union's long-term growth strategies?
  • You're participating in someone's plan, whether you know it or not. If it isn't your plan, guess whose it is?

Board Development

  • What's the Board's role in employee relations? If your staff is organized, the Board will play a role whether it wants to or not.
  • Can you afford not to have full commitment from your board if things become contentious?
  • Now is the time to lay that foundation.

Workshops

For Managers and Leadership Teams working with a unionized workforce

  • Administering the Contract
  • Employee Terminations, Discipline and Grievances
  • Arbitrations
  • Layoffs and restructuring
  • Neutrality Agreements
  • Labor-Management Committees

Together we will build the skills that will allow your leadership team to drive change in your organization instead of watching it happen like bystanders. Conflict in the workplace can be healthy and productive, but only if your leadership team is intentional and focused on the organization's mission. And most importantly does not avoid conflict but works to make it constructive and healthy

Do you have an overarching approach that guides your decision-making when it comes to employee relations, union or not?

  • If not then you'll find yourself acting on psychological instincts you might not fully understand but the union does. That's not the optimum way to achieve success for your organization.

Does one of these sentiments capture your feelings about a unionized workforce?

  • I wish this never happened!
  • I want the union to disappear
  • Ok, fine. The staff betrayed me and organized. Now all my competition should have to deal with this
  • I want to make the union an ally
  • I want to make the union irrelevant

If one of these sentiments reflects your feelings, then we can work to develop the approach that works for your organization. That's the difference between navigating troubled waters and floating adrift, hoping for some good luck to come your way in time. Contact me.