Title

A Systems Model for Labor-Management Cooperation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1986

Publication Source

Personnel Administrator

Volume

31

Issue

4

Inclusive pages

87-98

Publisher

American Society for Personnel Administration

ISBN/ISSN

00315729

Abstract

A systems approach to labor-management cooperation offers flexibility and a realistic chance of success. The preliminary steps of this process should focus on the development of a defined, communicated, and practiced management philosophy of cooperation. In addition, assessment of union leaders' and employees' attitudes is essential. The overlapping and conflicting values of all parties also should be recognized. Once all parties are informed and motivated, specific cooperation programs can be implemented. These include: 1. a nurturing of integrative bargaining through use of a common database, 2. the use of task forces, 3. more cooperative contract language, 4. development of team-related reward systems, 5. workplace problem-solving groups, 6. more sophisticated programs of training and development, and 7. quick, certain, and friendly conflict resolution. Evaluation and auditing of the cooperation program's results are most important to future decisions.

Keywords

Unions, Quality of work, Models, Management, Labor relations, Guidelines, Cooperation, Collective bargaining

Disciplines

Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Organizational Behavior and Theory

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