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Labor Relations: Proactive Strategies to Address the Union Movement

June 12, 2008 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
April 30, 2012 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

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ANCOR member: $149; Non-member: $199

Addressing the needs and concerns of the workforce is critical if individuals with disabilities are to experience meaningful, well-supported lives. Understanding current labor issues and approaches for the organization to interact with labor unions is critical to the stability of this workforce and to provider organizations in general. This series will help you positively interact with your workforce and labor unions, and is useful whether your agency is unionized or not.

Session #1: Labor Law for the Non-union Private Provider
Speaker(s): John Gilliland, Esq., Gilliland & Marquette

    Many private providers do not realize that the national labor law concerning unionization and collective bargaining can apply to them even though they do not have a union. This webinar will provide an overview of the national labor law and how it applies to non-union private providers. It will identify employee rights, employer unfair labor practices, and how a union becomes the collective bargaining unit for employees. The labor law’s impact on various personnel policies will be highlighted and explained. It will conclude by identifying key actions private providers can take to ensure a committed workforce.

Session #2: Union Organizing: Basic Principles and Opportunities for Providers to Respond
Speaker(s): Rian Wathen, Senior Managing Consultant, Labor Relations Services Inc.

    If a union approached your employees, how would they respond and how would you respond?

    This webinar will update you on the current state of union organizing including a detailed look at SEIU. The presentation will include “10 things you should do right now,” based on Rian Wathan’s experience as a former organizing director for a statewide union. The discussion will include topics such as how to safeguard your information and how you can legally communicate your opposition to unions to your employees. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions of this former union officer regarding steps you can take to keep your company union free.

Session #3: Interest Based Bargaining: Cooperation and Engagement to Facilitate Positive Outcomes

Speaker(s): Regis Obijiski, Executive Director, New Horizons Resources, Inc.
                 Sam Laganaro, Director of Human Resources, New Horizons Resources, Inc.

    New Horizons Resources, Inc. had a rocky start with the unions representing most of its direct support staff. Recognizing the need for a new approach, the parties committed to a cooperative effort in an open environment of open communication and mutual respect.

    The tool they used was interest based bargaining (also known as win-win bargaining). IBB explores the interests of the parties and how they can be reconciled and finds mutual acceptable ways that labor and management can meet those needs.

    IBB has removed much of the stress associated with collective bargaining and has enabled NHR and the union out find innovative solutions to the ongoing challenges we face, including health insurance for staff, professional development of direct support staff and other issues.