Are you taking full advantage of your CUE membership? It’s possible that you are not.
Every Friday, we publish an e-mail newsletter for our members that covers many of the major labor relations news that broke during the week, along with some terrific leadership and best practice tips from a variety of expert resources.
It might not be the Sunday New York Times, but it’s a pretty hefty read in a quick format that can help keep you and your team aware of what’s going on in our field. You can see some examples of the stories we try to share after you listen to a rock classic from Joe Jackson, Live – or on YouTube anyway…
Headlines From Around The CUE e-Mail Box
Union: State Shouldn’t Have Fired Man for Smoking Pot on Job
Gregory Linhoff was fired from his maintenance job at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington in 2012 after a police officer caught him smoking pot. He had no previous disciplinary problems since being hired in 1998 and had received favorable job evaluations, according to his union. He was arrested, but the charges were later dismissed.
Plenty, says Stanford Graduate School of Business professor of organizational behavior Sarah A. Soule, whose recent research analyzes where and how new protest tactics emerge. Soule and Dan J. Wang of Columbia Business School say their findings can apply to businesses seeking to foster creativity. Their paper is expected to be published in a forthcoming issue of American Sociological Review.
Soule and Wang analyzed a database of news stories about 23,000 protests as reported in the New York Times between 1960 and 1995. They found that those gatherings that convened multiple organizations representing different interests but pursuing the same goal were likely to innovate by combining protest tactics in new ways. For example, Yale University students in 1977 joined school food-service staff to seek unionization rights for the workers. The effort involved a hunger strike and blockades of food deliveries, a highly unusual combination of a peaceful, symbolic tactic with a highly disruptive one.
Some people are born leaders, but that doesn’t mean they want to step into management roles at work. Just one-third of employees believe becoming a manager will advance their career, according to a survey by staffing consultants Addison Group. And while millennials have a slightly more positive view of professional leadership roles, just one in five say they would consider leaving a company that didn’t provide an opportunity to be a manager.