Sunday, April 6, 2008

How to Work Positively and Constructively in a Unionized Environment: PLA Conference Highlight

The Public Library Association Conference in Minnesota featured this #427 terrific program.

Friday, March 28 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

* Jeanne Goodrich
Owner, Jeanne Goodrich Consulting
* Patty Macheras
Public Services Assistant, Whatcom County Library
* Paula Singer
Owner/Principal Consultant, The Singer Group, Inc.
* Tracy Strobel
Deputy Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library
* Camille Graley
Clerk, Cuyahoga County Public Library
* Anne Mueller
Public Division Coordinator, SEIU District 1199
* Joan Airoldi
Director, Whatcom County Library

Managers often say that change is difficult or impossible because they "have a union." Short-circuit this perceived barrier by learning from experienced managers and union leaders how they work together effectively and constructively, while maintaining their roles. Top tips for those new to a unionized environment will be provided.

Benefits and Learning Objectives
# By the end of this program participants will understand the elements that are necessary for a respectful, constructive relationship between library management and union leaders and members.
# At the end of this program participants will understand ten basic principles for working effectively within a unionized environment.
# By the end of this program participants will understand the basics of positional and interest-based bargaining.

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