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View from the Cordillera

A Commentary on Achieving Excellence in Local Government
Read by Municipal Leaders on 4 Continents
Published by the Cordillera Institute
A Cure for Adversarial Employer-Employee Relations (Vol. 4, Issue 4)
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Summary of This Commentary
Some years ago, I was attempting to obtain information on the performance of a municipality created by forced merger.  Those attempts were delayed by a dispute between that municipality and a group of its employees.  What was wrong with that picture?  It was the adversarial atmosphere in which the discussions were taking place.  Yet sadly, this situation has been and is still being repeated far too frequently.  So, what's the solution?  What obstacles must be overcome?  How is that accomplished?  What makes it win-win?  This commentary answers those questions and provides a plan to end adversarial employee-employer relations.  Then, it offers ideas to address these issues.  What will make your plan a success?  If any of your employees are represented by a union, how can you earn union support?  The commentary concludes with a reminder of just how important employee-employer harmony is to achieving excellence in local government.
As always, we welcome your comments.
David Barber
Director
Cordillera Institute
(416) 293-9300
DBarber@cordillera-institute.org
http://cordillera-institute.org/

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