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Tip Tuesday: 5 Reasons Why You Aren't Just a Manager

When employees don't trust leadership, they may already be planning their exit. They don't care about strategy or customer initiatives and are completely checked out. So, who ultimately fosters trust in all levels of the organization? It's the manager!

Why Should Managers/Supervisors Be Held to the Highest Standard?

Front-line managers and supervisors:

Tip Tuesday: What to Review When Drafting a Contract Proposal

When drafting contract proposals, make certain you have reviewed the following:

Tip Tuesday: 4 Ways to Improve Employee Discipline

Effective discipline should be designed to improve an employee’s performance and/or behavior. There are a number of ways to achieve these goals, but effective discipline should always include the following:

Tip Tuesday: 7 Preparation Tips for Negotiation

Preparation is one of the keys to a successful negotiation.  Here are some tips when preparing for negotiations:

Tip Tuesday: Reminders: Duty to Bargaining in Good Faith

The duty to bargaining in good faith sounds simple, right? Not always. Labor unions have been known to file ULP charges even before negotiating begins when parties can’t agree on dates, times and locations for negotiating sessions. As a result, negotiations don’t always start off on the right foot.

Here are some other simple and helpful reminders regarding the “duty to bargaining in good faith.”:

• Good faith bargaining does NOT require either party to agree to a proposal made by the other party and make a concession to the other party. 

Tip Tuesday: What Does a Biden Presidency Mean for Labor Relations?

When President-Elect Biden takes office on January 20, 2021, here are a few things expected under the new Biden Administration:

1. Biden will have a very good relationship with labor and he understands labor’s needs and objectives. 

2. OSHA enforcements will be much more aggressive than it has been under the Trump Administration. 

3. Labor policy will be quite progressive, with a focus on increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. 

4. Biden will push for passage of the PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize) Act. 

Tip Tuesday: 6 Reasons Managers Should Document Everything

As a manager, you should always remind yourself, did I write that down and file it in a safe place? Without proper documentation, you are at risk of various forms of liability on behalf of the employer. Below are 6 reasons managers should ALWAYS document, document, document!

1. Provides factual information

2. Helps employers remember the event(s) in case the issue doesn’t resurface for many months or even years 

3. Provides a signature line in which employee acknowledges he/she has received and reviewed information/policies 

Tip Tuesday: 5 Leadership “To-Do's” in a Union Environment

  1. Read, know, understand and reference the language in the Collective Bargaining Agreement so you can defend your interpretation.
  2. Own your leadership decision and hold yourself accountable
  3. Consistently apply Company policies, practices and collective bargaining agreement
  4. Be professional, cordial, and confident when interacting with business agents & union shop stewards
  5. Identify what your leadership responsibilities are and when you must partner with Human Resources


Tip Tuesday: Which Outside Stakeholders Can Influence Negotiations?

When negotiating labor agreements, it is important to think about all the stakeholders outside of a company who can influence the labor negotiations process. These include:

  1. Elected officials
  2. Independent experts (such as mediators, economists)
  3. Other union/employee groups
  4. Other union leaders
  5. Influencers on social media
  6. Traditional Media
  7. Investors
  8. Community groups


Tip Tuesday: What Characterizes the Interest-Based Bargaining Process?

Interest-based bargaining comes in many forms with different names, such as "win-win" bargaining, mutual gains, principles, and interest-based negotiation. The basic goal is to reach an agreement that recognizes and satisfies the needs of both labor and management. It is characterized by a process that...​