Management and labour can work together

Joint projects show employers and unions can find common solutions for workplace problems
By Katy Burnett
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/17/2006

Management and labour are often cast as opponents on two sides of the same fence. Sometimes, however, when they look over to the other side, they may find they have more in common than previously thought: common frustrations with existing processes or shared visions of where the organization should be.

The federal government’s Labour-Management Partnerships Program (LMPP) has witnessed many such instances where management and labour have proven the value of co-operation (see sidebar for more on the program). Yes, it takes time and effort to work in concert, to maintain an open mind and listen to all sides’ concerns. But, as the following participants have found, the time and effort is worth it.

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