Teaching Case - Shifting the Labor Relations Paradigm: A Union-Management Partnership in Ohio State Government

Shifting the Labor Relations Paradigm: A Union-Management Partnership in Ohio State Government


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  • Product Description

    Public sector unions are the fastest-growing sector of organized labor in the US, and are key players to be considered by a wide variety of elected and appointed public officials. This case, in contrast to most in both public management and business school collections, is told through the eyes of a labor leader, the executive director of the Ohio state government branch of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. It traces the evolution of an emerging union philosophy aimed at improving the long-term lot of members through increased productivity and efficiency, goals articulated in Ohio State government through a variation of total quality management techniques. The sense of steady, incremental progress and labor-management cooperation was disrupted, however, when a legislative demand for cost savings turned the state's Department of Administrative Services into a budget battleground.

    Learning Objective:
    AFSCME executive director Paul Goldberg had to decide how to respond to the immediate crisis in a way that preserved the "quality management" approach in which he believed but also convinced members that the union would continue to stand up for them.

  • Other Details

    Publication Date: January 01, 1996
    Teaching Plan: Available with Educator Access
    HKS Case Number: 1311.0
    Case Author: Esther Scott
    Faculty Lead: Linda Kaboolian
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 21
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 16-25
    _geography: US & Canada
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