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Labor Unions as Assets. Tapping the resources of organized labor to benefit your Lean Journey. Labor and Lean. How does Labor fit into a Lean Organization? With the right perspective, Labor can be an valuable ally in your Lean Journey. Potential Conflicts with Labor. Labor Agreements

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Labor unions as assets

Labor Unions as Assets

Tapping the resources of organized labor to benefit your Lean Journey

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Labor and lean

Labor and Lean

  • How does Labor fit into a Lean Organization?

  • With the right perspective, Labor can be an valuable ally in your Lean Journey

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Potential conflicts with labor

Potential Conflicts with Labor

  • Labor Agreements

  • Job tasks and responsibilities are often explicitly spelled out, making reforms difficult to implement

  • Concerns that altering job descriptions is part of a larger effort to alter pay, benefits, etc.

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Potential conflicts with labor1

Potential Conflicts with Labor

  • Misinformation

  • It is possible that other unions whose members have gone through difficult Lean transformations may be sharing misinformation about the process.

  • This can be a hidden barrier in the efforts to become Lean.

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Labor as a lean ally

Labor as a Lean Ally

  • Unions can be seen as a significant barrier to change, however, they should be natural allies of a successful Lean implementation

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Areas of agreement

Areas of Agreement

  • Unions strive for better working conditions

  • A Lean transformation allows energies to be focused creatively towards improving work conditions

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Building trust

Building Trust

  • Strategies for building trust in a Lean effort:

  • Involve the relevant unions and union leadership at an early stage.

  • Include Labor Unions on all cross-departmental efforts.

  • Reserve a seat for union representation on all Lean implementation teams.

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Strategies cont

Strategies, cont.

  • To address concerns of potential layoffs, management could offer a specific agreement for the duration of the initial Lean implementation that includes terms concerning job security. This will help alleviate fears that employees will not be improving themselves out of the job.

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Labor resources

Labor Resources

  • Labor can be an resource:

  • Union representatives can be useful in identifying potential legal concerns that might arise from Lean reform.

  • They have methods of communication with the workers outside of the traditional workplace, such as union meetings and newsletters for sharing positive ideas about Lean

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Labor Resources

  • Having union support will lend credibility to improvement efforts.

  • If both Labor and management, traditionally opposed to each other, collectively support your Lean reforms, it can be very persuasive

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