From the TUC

TUC Green Workplaces project provides model for US

28 May 2010, By

Greetings from the unions of the Oregon AFL-CIO!  I’ve been in London for a week now, the first leg of my study tour of the TUCs Green Workplaces Project.  It’s been an exciting week as I’ve begun to learn how unions in the UK are approaching climate change, green job training and member involvement in…

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Trade union membership up in South Africa

27 May 2010, By

The Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU), the main union confederation in South Africa, has recorded a small membership increase between January 2009 and April 2010, its Central Executive heard this week. Although the increase of 18,704 represents only a 0.9% increase, that was against the backdrop of a decline in employment over that…

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Those mysterious Public Sector Efficiencies

25 May 2010, By

In April I blogged on my scepticism towards the insistence of the Conservative party that on the advice of Sir Peter Gershen they could find £12 billion worth of efficiencies in the public sector.  So imagine my surprise when Nick Robinson of all people, commenting on the £6 billion worth of cuts announced yesterday, said that the…

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With God on ourside

24 May 2010, By

It’s with thanks to my friends at AFT Local 1581 on the island of Guam www.gftunion.com/ that I pass on this piece of news. “After stopping negotiations for three weeks, Port managers have been calling Union Members into closed door meetings to encourage them to quit the Union.  Not only is this specifically against the law and…

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Have you registered for STRONGER UNIONS 2010?

18 May 2010, By

Stronger Unions 2010 – taking place at the TUC, Congress House, London on July 5th– will be an opportunity to consider union responses to the new political environment – particularly in respect of how unions Campaign, Organise, Represent members and Educate reps and activists. The event will also include workshops run by Unions 21 and Compass and…

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Trade Union Membership – Steady as we go!

18 May 2010, By

I’ve just got back from a meeting of the TUC Executive after giving a report on the latest Trade Union membership figures published by BIS.  The figures offer some encouragement but also continue to present challenges to unions and the TUC.  Overall union density (the proportion of employees who are in  a union) remained unchanged at…

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Telling Our Story

18 May 2010, By

Have just returned from a week in the states which included attending AFSME leadership training.  The training was hosted by Harvard and delivered by Marshall Ganz.   One method was using narrative to capture and develop leadership potential.  I have to quantify this by pointing out that this is a very simplistic summary of a very complex and thought provoking method.  The…

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