News - - As unions come under siege, emerging labor groups are testing new ways to rebuild workers’ bargaining power.

Hardly a day goes by when American unions are not attacked from some quarter: Last week, the Supreme Court weakens unions representing home care workers, one of the lowest paid and fastest growing occupations. This follows another ruling struck earlier last month in which a California judge threw out teacher tenure, due process and seniority rules under the dubious theory they are the cause of persistent inequality in education outcomes. And in 2011, Wisconsin’s governor decimated public sector unions by taking away state and local government employee rights to collective bargaining, reversing a policy in place since 1959...

Unions in the utility industry, health care and manufacturing industries are using knowledge and skills as the key source of worker power by expanding apprenticeship training, creating partnership with community colleges, vocational schools, and employers to fill the “middle skills” gaps that exist today or will grow as skilled baby boomers retire....

Unions at Kaiser Permanente, Harley Davidson, Southwest Airlines, ABC School District in Los Angeles and others are building and sustaining partnerships with employers to improve performance, quality and working conditions. These, and partnerships like them, have demonstrated they are good for employers, workers, customers and communities....

Ken Notes: I like the idea of a NEW union that works with the public sector to create better employees, more partnerships, and better jobs. We need to shift our focus from jobs to skill-sets and ways to create the next generation of labor. I have suggested before that there is a huge difference  between a hand out and a hand up. Apprenticeship is clearly a hand up.


Read More At: http://fortune.com/2014/07/07/can-a-new-brand-of-unions-help-americas-workers/



- - Volume: 2 - WEEK: 28 Date: 7/8/2014 8:39:43 AM -