Labor Unions and Continuous Learning

Union involvement in continuous learning is most effective when it displays the following characteristics:

  • Management policy actively invites and supports an important partnership role for the union.
  • The collective agreement between management and labor defines their respective roles and establishes the lasting basis for cooperation.
  • The parties act jointly in program control, planning, design, and direction of learning programs—at national, regional, and plant levels.
  • Unions and workers participate fully in needs analysis and course-content decisions, and they share the responsibility for successful results.
  • Instructors are selected from the regular work force. They are assigned equal status and full-time duties to develop content, deliver courses, and evaluate results.
  • A jointly administered fund finances training programs and assures a long-term commitment to goals and objectives.

My Consultancy–Asif J. Mir – Management Consultant–transforms organizations where people have the freedom to be creative, a place that brings out the best in everybody–an open, fair place where people have a sense that what they do matters. For details please visit www.asifjmir.com, and my Lectures.

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