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Labor Management; Fire Chiefs in Trouble. Pitfalls for Fire Chiefs. Never being wrong/no apologies Refuse to respect labor Not establishing a personal relationship Not taking input prior to decisions Being a “willow in the wind” Talking down to labor. Pitfalls (cont.).

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Labor Management;

Fire Chiefs in Trouble


Pitfalls for fire chiefs
Pitfalls for Fire Chiefs

  • Never being wrong/no apologies

  • Refuse to respect labor

  • Not establishing a personal relationship

  • Not taking input prior to decisions

  • Being a “willow in the wind”

  • Talking down to labor


Pitfalls cont
Pitfalls (cont.)

  • Not educating labor on issues and the LM process

  • Not setting ground rules

  • Getting the “Mad Cow” disease


Starting well
Starting Well

Must establish a good relationship

  • Establishing trust

  • Take input and listening

  • Agreeing on the rules of the game

  • Establishing personal relationships

  • Meet on a regular basis



Who you g onna call

“Who You Gonna Call?”


The lmi program
The LMI Program

  • LMI - Labor Management Initiative

  • Joint Program of the IAFC/IAFF

  • Started circa 1999

  • Can do a lot to establish or fix a relationship between Labor & Management


Lmi benefits
LMI Benefits

  • Improves interpersonal communications

  • Increases involvement and cooperation

  • Gain an increased focus on the goals that will benefit your organization and its members

  • Minimizes the number of grievances and other adverse actions

  • Introduces new ways to work through obstacles to accomplish more for the fire department and the community


Four day program
Four Day Program

  • Part I – Educational issues, establishing a relationship and looking for solutions to current challenges

  • Part II – Shared goals, leadership, relationships & status of accomplished items


Technical assistance
Technical Assistance

  • Two day session for the Chief, President and other designated members of their teams

  • Two facilitators – one from the IAFC, one from the IAFF

  • Customized to the issues at hand, assisting with feasible solutions


Lmi conference
LMI Conference

  • Conferences every other year

  • Next Conference is January 2013

  • Encourage bringing both Management and Labor





Moving from miami to miami dade
Moving from Miami to Miami-Dade

  • What I left in the MFD

  • The Environment I stepped into MDFR

    • Open contract

    • Pay Cuts looming – 11%

    • Terrible Labor Management Relationship

    • 60+ pending grievances and arbitrations

    • Low morale


Corrective actions
Corrective Actions

  • Plan of Action

    • First priority - establish a working relationship with the Local

    • Negotiate a Labor Agreement

    • Pull our management team together

    • Steps to improve morale

      • The first two helped

      • Establish relationships and communication

      • Push our principles – professionalism, work ethic, pride


Corrective actions cont
Corrective Actions (cont.)

  • Re-establish LM meetings

  • Put together a great staff for top management

  • Ensure new Officers receive training

  • Change the disciplinary philosophy and procedures


Most recent issue
Most Recent Issue

  • Facebook post by MDFR Captain concerning the Tryvon Martin issue



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