Twice a year, CUE holds a major conference for Human Resources professionals, managers and labor-relations specialists, and it is almost time for the CUE Spring 2016 Conference. The “Making Magical Moments in Employee Relations” CUE conference will be held May 15-17, 2016 in Orlando, Florida and is an opportunity to hear and interact with experts from North America and across the globe. You also get an opportunity to do plenty of networking and will leave the conference with invaluable tools and suggestions for developing positive employee relations.
To get the most out of the conference, follow these tips:
Developing positive employee relations is challenging in a multicultural and multi-generational workforce. The CUE conferences provide an excellent opportunity to gain the information you need to develop and manage a consistently productive and engaged workforce. See you there!
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Today – while we all seem to be more connected than ever – technology (and the digital resources it empowers us to use) can stand in the way of genuine connections. Case in point: twenty-somethings today think nothing of relationships that begin, end, and take place mostly as texts. But this is a particularly sticky challenge in the workplace.
Communicating with workers about change, about the state of the business and about your union-free operating philosophy is an important part of keeping your businesses healthy while offering employees more opportunities.
Using the right digital resources to train, educate and inform workers is vital in forging a genuine connection. You should be aware of the online resources that are available to you to optimize your union-proofing efforts. Consider these new ideas:
Many employees support unions because they believe working conditions and pay will improve after they unionize. The reality is that unionizing can have negative effects that harm employees.
Videos that explain the truth can help employees understand that unions actually add a tremendous burden that cost companies and workers money. Even when unions manage to negotiate higher wages, union dues and higher tax rates often exceed pay increases while forcing companies to spend more money on labor. This often means many businesses have to downsize to stay in business. Worse yet, employees lucky enough to keep their jobs rarely see improved living standards.
Giving your management team the ability to educate employees with online union avoidance videos can effectively impart the lesson that staying union-free benefits them, their coworkers and their company, ultimately impacting their overall job security. You can even keep the videos on password-protected websites that only give access to your employees and managers.
Unions can only operate when they convince employees to give them money. Training mid-level managers so they can share objective facts with employees is one of the best ways to counter claims made by union organizers.
Union Proof offers e-learning courses, videos and other resources that clearly and effectively show that unions can and do negatively affect businesses and workers. Once your managers know the facts, they can share them with employees so they aren’t persuaded by unions. Without objective facts, it’s nearly impossible to show employees why unionization won’t improve their professional or personal lives.
Staying union-free is as much about treating employees well as it is countering the efforts of union leaders. A report from the Conference Board shows that over 52 percent of Americans are unhappy at work. If your employees do not feel appreciated, then you may have opened the door to ambitious union leaders.
Prevent this by using the internet to improve positive employee relations. Some digital options for improving employee relations include:
Contact the Union Proof team at Projections to learn more about how you can use digital resources to truly connect with employees and keep your workforce union free.
For most of us, the novelty of Twitter has worn off. We’re ready to get down to business with the best of what Twitter has to offer. But knowing where to look for the best tweets can be a challenge. While twitter is loaded with all kinds of practical information and resources, you’ve got to be selective to make your personal feed an aggregate you find truly useful.
Whether you are a seasoned HR or Labor professional or just getting started, sorting through thousands of twitter feeds to find the right sources for your information needs can be a challenge. Of course, there are the general resources –powerhouse news outlets – we’ve learned to depend on: Wall Street Journal (@WSJ), USA Today (@USATODAY), The New York Times (@nytimes), and CNN (@cnnbrk), but to make Twitter work for your needs, you’ve got to be diligent about who you follow, so you aren’t flooded with irrelevant links and tweets.
To help you refine, update and really squeeze every drop out of your Twitter account, we’ve created a list of what we think are the best of the best for those involved in labor relations. These 25 feeds highlight the best practices and trends, and offer substantial tips, links and information for HR & Labor Relations pros:
2. US Dept. of Labor
Jobs, employment, workforce, safety, labor, government 2.0 issues and regulations news and information from the US Department of Labor.
@NLRB Washington, DC
Announcements, articles, and decision summaries from National Labor Relations Board.
4. Center for Union Facts
Highlights Employee Rights Act and information about today’s union leadership.
Up-to-date summaries of employment law rulings, one-click links to full text.
6.The Union Label Blog
Information and links to union activity and corruption articles.
7. Serrano Search
Labor relations related recruitment articles and links from talent management and search firm.
8. Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal
Labor and employment case law updates.
8.Employment Law News
Unique perspective, written by leading lawyers and law firms – HR Commentary and updates for the workplace, and other Employment Law issues.
@LRToday Washington, DC
The leading online resource tracking legislative, executive and administrative developments in traditional labor law.
10. PLC Labor Emp US
content, updates and news from
11. BNA Labor/Employment
Timely updates from Bloomberg BNA’s labor and employment reporters and editors.
12. Zashin & Rich Co., L.P.A.
The Personnel Files: the latest developments concerning the law of the workplace.
13. Workforce Management Magazine
Management and HR issues from the Workforce Management and Workforce Training family of magazines.
14. SHRM Labor Relations
Updates on Labor Relations & Politics that affect HR professionals. Includes collective bargaining, strikes, regulatory and legislative updates, union organizing and more.
15. Human Racehorses
A look at the legal aspects of the employment relationship — slightly irreverent but hopefully frequently helpful.
16. Michael Eastman
Mike is the Executive Director of Labor Policy at the US Chamber of Commerce and tweets about the NLRB and labor policy in general.
17 Steve Greehnouse
Steve Greenhouse covers labor issues for New York Times.
18. US Chamber of Commerce
Updates from the US Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Freedom Initiative on labor-related issues.
19. Labor Union Report
News and views on today’s labor union.
20. Ed Cohen
If you need an international perspective on labor trends, Global HR News covers global changes and challenges.
21. Women of HR
A community dedicated to the development of women in HR and Business.
22. Sharlyn Lauby, HR Bartender
Workplace tips and advice served up in a friendly place.
23. Diane Pfadenhauer
Diane is an employment attorney & MBA professor who tweets on the latest trends in HR and labor law.
24. HR.com, Debbie McGrath
Canadian CEO of HR.com tweets on everything from benefits to recruitment, and will keep you aware of upcoming HR events.
25. Cue, Inc.
Organization dedicated to positive employee relations, with twice-yearly conferences.
Ok, so technically that was 26… are there others you follow? Got some great suggestions? Let us know!
No matter if you are a labor attorney, human resources professional, or business owner, no matter if you’re looking to stay informed about the Employee Free Choice Act, or you just want to recruit and retain the best employees – in the blogosphere, the answers are all there. The problem is, there’s such a wealth of information, it’s nearly impossible to know where to focus your energies.
In an effort to ease that queasy drinking-from-a-firehose feeling, I offer the following nine labor relations and employment law blogs. These are the ones I subscribe to, the ones I wouldn’t live without:
Staying abreast of labor and employment issues is the best way to ensure that your organization remains union free and successful. Make checking all or some of these blogs part of your daily routine by subscribing to their RSS feed or bookmarking them.
Projections has been helping companies communicate with employees for more than 3 decades. CEO Walter Orechwa believes in working with the Human Resources and Labor Relations experts that help those companies maintain positive employee relations. For more information on the video, web, and eLearning resources Projections offers, please visit their website at www.ProjectionsInc.com