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How New Union Leaders Solve The Experience Gap

How New Union Leaders Solve The Experience Gap
I felt panicked. Anxious. Insecure. “Must be a super tough negotiation with a high-profile employer,” you say. Not quite. I was helping coach Junior Varsity football at my former high school. Are you laughing? How could coaching JV football cause such panic? It seems like it should be a blast,...

Don’t Let Emotions Control Labor Negotiations

Don’t Let Emotions Control Labor Negotiations
Do you know what’s hard? Negotiating a contract with an employer you don’t like. It’s tough to keep your emotions in check. But it may be the most important thing you do to ensure a successful outcome. Negotiating With a Tough Employer I negotiated with one employer that frankly I didn’t...

How Vision Can Help Your Local Union Grow

How Vision Can Help Your Local Union Grow
Note: This is my third post on how we should address the challenges facing the labor movement today. Click here to read Part I focusing on leadership development. Click here to read Part II focusing on communications. Make Vision Your First Priority So many of us get caught up in the...

How Communication Can Empower the Labor Movement

How Communication Can Empower the Labor Movement
Note:  This is part II of my series on how we should address the challenges facing the labor movement today. Read part I focusing on leadership development here. The Changing Landscape of Communication In the last 20 years, the Internet has turned our world upside down. Traditional media...

Why Labor Unions Ought To Develop More Leaders

Why Labor Unions Ought To Develop More Leaders
Organized labor reminisces too much. I understand why. Look at this graph. The percentage of union workers peaked in 1954 at almost 35% and has been in steady decline since. Today, a little over 11 percent of the workforce claims union membership. The reasons for labor’s decline are numerous and...