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Tip Tuesday: Conducting an Effective Counseling Session

​Properly counseling employees is a critical part of management’s job. Below are essential elements for a productive counseling session:

Tip Tuesday: Benchmarking How Competitors Compensate Employees

Benchmarking how competitors compensate their employees is an important tool when engaged in collective bargaining. How can you make sure you are conducting an “apples-to-apples” comparison? You need to identify a comparable group of companies in your industry.  Here are some important benchmarks:

Tip Tuedsay: Labor Due Diligence in a M&A

  • When engaged in due diligence in a merger and acquisition where there are unionized employees, don't forget to:
  • Review all collective bargaining agreements, letters of agreement, and memorandums of understanding;
  • Obtain a list of all open grievances, pending arbitrations, litigation involving unions, and cases awaiting decisions;
  • Understand the issues with all open grievances, arbitrations, litigation, including potential financial liability; and
  • Meet, if possible with labor leaders so you have a better understanding of their issues and concerns.

Tip Tuesday: Costing a CBA With a Union Counterpart

One of the most important parts of negotiations is making certain both sides understand the potential cost of a new labor agreement.  Here are some tips to follow when working with a union counterpart on costing.

Tip Tuesday: Interest-Based Bargaining

  • Keep personalities away from the table 
  • Go hard on the issues, soft on people 
  • Be creative 
  • Focus on interests, not on positions 
  • Focus on joint value 
  • Try not to criticize the other sides’ ideas 
  • Look forward, not backward 
  • Try to solve each others problems 
  • Address fears, hopes, concerns 
  • See perspectives from the other side 

Tip Tuesday: Signs You May Need Labor Help

  • Increase of employee turnover 
  • Rumors of employee organizing 
  • Insufficient Management Training 
  • Rise in HR complaints
  • Tone of exit interviews changes regarding work environment 
  • Employee communications about management changes 
  • Small groups of employees congregating in places where they don’t normally meet 

FHSG Celebrates 30 Years

To Our Loyal Clients and Colleagues,

The story of our firm began 30 years ago when Jerry Glass, an aspiring entrepreneur, seized an opportunity in the marketplace. Jerry realized he could have an impact on the airline industry if he focused on the significant labor relations issues plaguing carriers. He did not know at the time, but this was the start of a small yet highly effective company that now has more than 75 clients spanning multiple industries nationwide.

Labor Relations in The Public Sector

Despite the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that 10.7 percent of all wage and salary workers in the U.S. are union members in both the private and public sector, union membership of public sector employees at the federal, state and local levels is well above that at 34.4 percent.

Are Whistleblowers Good for Your Company?

In this article, Jerry Glass, President of F&H Solutions Group, is interviewed regarding a new academic study, which highlights some of the positive effects of whistleblowing on companies.

Sears workers demand hardship fund as company teeters on edge of closing

As Sears Holdings Corp teeters on the brink of liquidation, its employees are pushing for a hardship fund they hope can replicate the success of bankrupt retailer Toys 'R' Us, whose workers collected $20 million in severance pay from its former owners.

Sears on Tuesday agreed to consider a revised takeover bid from Chairman Edward Lampert, temporarily staving off a liquidation that would have spelled the end of the company.