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Why Union Employees Make Better Workers

Why Union Employees Make Better Workers
I recently met a business owner who told me that if his employees want to unionize, he’d feel that he failed them. I pondered the root of that statement. If he were talking strictly about economics and work conditions, I can see why he might feel this way. Employees who want to join a union are...

How Compromise Wins Agreements

How Compromise Wins Agreements
There’s a terrific article that ran in Monday’s San Francisco Chronicle about Representative George Miller of Martinez, Calif., a 40-year veteran of Congress getting set to retire. My favorite George Miller quote: “I really never thought about disliking somebody because they disagreed with...

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...