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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
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