ERIC Number: ED334423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Labor-Management Cooperation: 1990 State-of-the-Art Symposium (Atlanta, Georgia, October 24-26, 1990).
Bureau of Labor-Management Relations and Cooperative Programs (DOL), Washington, DC.
This booklet synthesizes symposium discussions exploring how to transform organizations to compete in the rapidly changing world economy. First, the new cooperative organization is defined. Next, practical advice on making partnership organizations a reality is summarized. Suggestions include appealing to people's self-interest; coming up with new, shared values; "walking and talking" the values every day; changing the structure of the organization to reinforce new values; developing a specific vocabulary; slowing down and retraining, if necessary; enforcing values; trusting and caring; and not expecting overnight change. The next section outlines barriers to change: noninvolement of employees; natural tendency toward inertia; persistence of organizations that support the old systems; public policy; suspicions of Wall Street investors; time; unwillingness, or inability, to trust; no understanding of the value a union adds to a partnership; and fear of failure. Barriers to sustaining cooperative programs are then discussed: failure to build a solid foundation for change; literacy problems; management arrogance; missed opportunities; and loss of momentum from turnover and changes in corporate structure. The next section summarizes suggestions for success: clear the air; consider the plan for the new system carefully and in detail; support an atmosphere that promotes reasonable risk taking; and continue to deal up front with the job security issue. A list of symposium participants is appended. (YLB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Labor-Management Relations and Cooperative Programs (DOL), Washington, DC.