Labor Relations

This web page takes you to the Labor Relations material found in Workindex, an internet resource for a variety of human resource related subjects.

Effective Organizations
The University of Southern California's Center for Effective Organizations has been studying high performing organizations for over 20 years. The Center's research illuminates a wide range of organizational practices, from pay-for-skills to employee involvement.

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School conducts applied research on negotiations and dispute resolution, and offers seminars and publications on the same. RAI has recently been featured in both program seminars and articles referencing the complex interest-based negotiations process designed for and used at Kaiser Permanente in 2000 to negotiate their 2000-2005 agreement.

High-performing partnerships are not limited to the private sector. This web page within the National Partnership for Reinventing Government site describes the efforts being made on labor-management partnership and high performance between federal agencies and their unions, and describes the role of the National Partnership Council.
The U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, created in 1947, is an independent U.S. government agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 10 district offices and more than 70 field offices, the agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.

The following websites are also valuable resources to clients and others interested in labor-management partnership and high performance organizations.

Labor Organizations
The International Association of Machinists and Autoworkers (IAM) advocates the active involvement of its locals in the development of high performance work organizations (HPWO). The IAM HPWO webpage offers practical guidelines to IAM locals interested in developing their own high-performance partnerships with management.
Union Survival Strategies for the Twenty-First Century March 20, 1996, speech by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney
Unions Must Be "FULL PARTNERS" in Restructuring, December 11, 1995

The 13 million member AFL-CIO both advocates for the involvement of labor in business restructuring, and has laid out clear guidelines for labor-management cooperation in restructuring endeavors.
The National Labor College offers continuous labor education for union activists.

The Kaiser Permanente Labor-Management Partnership (LMP) has its own website which serves as a reference to those interested in reading "About our LMP" and "Success Stories".

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