Labor Management Cooperation
The BMS assists labor and management in establishing and operating joint labor-management partnerships at the worksite. Through this process, labor and management representatives collaboratively address problems and develop plans for improving the relationships and operation of the organization.
Worksite Labor-Management Committees
The BMS supports the development of worksite committees by:
- assisting management and union leaders to assess their readiness to form a partnership,
- providing the partnership committees with professional, technical and facilitation assistance,
- training committee members in conflict resolution skills and techniques and other customized training programs, and
- assisting committees in evaluating their effectiveness and in making adjustments in their operations
Area/Industry Labor-Management Councils
Councils provide programs and services that seek to improve labor-management relations within a specific industry or geographic region. Four area/industry labor-management councils are currently operating within Minnesota.
The BMS assists in coordinating and evaluating the need for new councils. During development stages, the BMS helps a council to organize and train its board members and design needed programs and services.
Labor-Management Grant Program
Upon application, councils may be awarded matching grant funds to help implement their programs and services.The BMS also works with councils to establish a long-range plan to help assure their continued viability. Councils may provide assistance to worksites within their geographic or industrial areas.
Labor-Management Safety & Health Committees
Employers with 25 or more employees are required by law to have a labor- management safety and health committee. The BMS and the Department of Labor and Industry are jointly prepared to assist in organizing these committees, and to provide technical assistance and customized training.
MN OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation
Please refer questions or comments regarding labor-management cooperation to:
Commissioner Josh Tilsen (651) 649-5436