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I found that your site is straight to the point and very insightful. Are you hiring in the state of Michigan?
C. Dunn

I wanted to drop you a line to let you know about the terrific job LRI and your consultant did for our employees. He was extremely knowledgeable, easy to work with and has great interpersonal skills that allow him to genuinely connect with employees at all levels. Our facilities mechanics and custodians were so appreciative of his work and the information he shared that he received many hugs, handshakes and thank yous on the last day. He also left management with a lot to think about and a road map of what needs to be done differently. Our employees ultimately voted to overwhelmingly defeat the Teamsters 43-no to 3-yes that allows us to continue to work directly with our employees in their best interest giving the us the opportunity to make things right. You consultant was a great partner to HR as well, collaborating on the strategy and actions needed to make the union campaign a success. Thank you again for the great service. I would welcome the opportunity to be a reference for LRI at anytime.
B. Rosa

Your web site and newsletter are informative and answer many questions of what to expect and how to respond.
M. Olson

Labor 101?

It’s Labor 101 according to labor leaders. Andy Stern of the SEIU is calling for consolidation of unions around the country into 15-20 “super-unions” that can negotiate national or regional contracts with common expirations and basically have more bargaining “muscle.” Consolidation is the latest Siren’s call solution to save unions. But this is exactly what is wrong with unions today. The only unions that are really growing are ones like Stern’s SEIU, that is basically bucking the bureaucracy of today’s consolidated union leadership and adopting creative organizing techniques. Look around at the industries where unions have enjoyed high density over the years – steel, automobile, and the airlines are prime examples. What has heavy union density, common expiration dates and negotiating “muscle” done for workers in these industries? If unions want to remain relevant (or should that read “become relevant again”?) they must DECENTRALIZE and offer creative solutions to the problems facing workers today (how about coming up with an affordable health care plan – every employer in America would sign up!). Union density is at its lowest point in nearly a century because nobody is buying what the union is selling. Now THAT is Labor 101.

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