Category Archives for Positive Employee Relations

Upskill Your ER Staff with Union Campaign Simulation and CUE Cert Course in Minneapolis

  • August 17, 2018

Upskill Your ER Staff with Union Campaign Simulation and CUE Cert Course in Minneapolis

CUE Newsletter for Friday, August 17, 2018

It won’t be a shock if you follow politics, but it looks like the 2018 midterm elections and the general election in 2020 will be driven by a sharply divided population with Democrats leaning progressively left more than ever, and the Republicans continuing their veer to the conservative right under President Trump.

According to The Hill, Bernie Sanders and democratic socialism increasingly look to be winning over the Democratic Party, raising concerns among some Democrats about whether it could hurt the party in this year’s midterms, and the presidential race of 2020.

Bernie Sanders lost the war but won the battle to reshape the party,” said Brad Bannon, a Democratic strategist.

Peter List points out that Senator Elizabeth Warren just proposed new legislation, that if it were ever to pass, will “destroy capitalism,” according to Jeffrey Miron, Harvard director of undergraduate studies.

This California bill would mandate women on company boards.

And it’s not just politics, as can be seen in this article shared by Terry Dunn. Check out the start-up incubator known as The Workers Lab. The Workers Lab is a union-backed accelerator working on ways to disrupt capitalism.

CUE Labor and Employee Relations Certification Course
Do you have members of your HR or Operations team who are new to employee and labor relations and need to upskill? The CUE Certification course is the perfect way to help them get up to speed. Offered once a year as part of the CUE Conference, the Certification course offers sessions spread over 3 days devoted to teaching staff the basic elements of labor relations at the very low member price of $220.00.

9/24 Monday 1:15 – 4:45 PM Labor and Employee Relations Basics in the Workplace

9/25 Tuesday 1:15- 4:45 PM Basics of Labor Law

9/26 Wednesday 8:00 -11:30 AM – Election Campaign Simulation

The Wednesday campaign simulation is also available as a stand-alone post-conference workshop. (CUE members @ $160.00, non-members @ $200)

Fall 2018 CUE Conference

The Fall 2018 CUE Conference is the community event for leaders who believe in and promote positive employee relations in the workplace. With stellar networking opportunities built into the event and the most up-to-date information on labor/employee relations and engagement trends, CUE keeps you ahead of the curve in today’s rapidly changing labor environment!

Need a taste of what we will be talking about at CUE? Check out this TED talk from Justine Constantine: You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are

There’s no better time to register for the Fall 2018 CUE Conference. Members enjoy the full conference experience for $875. Non-members $1,250 Register here.

Hotel block rate available until August 31st at $219 a night: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Employee Engagement

Keynote: Leadership Approachability and Improving Retention – Phil Wilson

How Best Buy Fosters an Engaged Culture

Moving Beyond the Employee Survey

The Four Things Your Leaders Must Have to Be Successful: Soft Skills For Leaders (and why they matter now more than ever!)

Analytics and Assessments; the Science and Art of Preventing Dysfunction

Positive Employee Relations

Union Rebranding: A Look at Emerging Organizing Trends and How Best to Defend

2018 Labor Law and Policy Update

Labor Relations 101

Case Study: Minnesota Home Health Care Campaign

Case Study: Jimmy John’s Corporate Campaign

Anatomy of a Campaign – Peter List

The Robots are Coming! The Robots are Coming!

Driving Business Outcomes

Keynote: Beyond Political Correctness: Inclusion and Equality in Modern Employee Relations – Sarah Morgan

The Cost of Unionization and ROI of remaining union-free – Jim Gray

Using Virtual Reality to Improve Positive Employee Relations Training

Your Brand is in Trouble: Internal and External Crisis Communication Planning – Nick Kalm

“From We Will to At Will” – Justin Constantine

Fall 2018 Labor and Employee Relations Conference

  • July 13, 2018

Fall 2018 Labor and Employee Relations Conference

CUE Certification Course and Post Conference Campaign Simulation

Do you have members of your HR or Operations team who are new to employee and labor relations or need to step up their PER game?

The CUE Certification course is the perfect way to help them step up their positive employee relations game.  Offered once a year as part of the CUE Conference, the Certification course offers sessions spread over 3 days devoted to teaching staff the basic elements of labor relations at the very low member price of $220.00.

9/24  Monday  1:15 – 4:45 PM  Labor and Employee Relations Basics in the Workplace

9/25 Tuesday  1:15- 4:45 PM Basics of Labor Law

9/26 Wednesday 8:00 -11:30 AM –  Election Campaign Simulation (also available as a post-conference workshop for Wednesday only –  members @ $160.00, non-members @ $200)

Fall 2018 Labor and Employee Relations Conference

We’ve just released the full schedule for Minneapolis.  

Our Fall 2018 Conference will be held September 23-25th. The theme for this conference is “Powerful and Resilient: Ensuring Success Together”, focused on actionable sessions to help your company build improve positive employee relations and drive successful business outcomes. Cue members can enjoy the full conference experience for only $ 875.00.

Non-member rate is $1,250.00. Register here.  

Registration includes 2.5 days of insightful learning, exceptional networking events, and all meals and breaks.

Hotel block at $219 a night:  Hyatt Regency Minneapolis


Every year, CUE Inc. conducts two national conferences, one in the Spring and the other in the Fall. These events attract labor and employee relations professionals, labor lawyers and consultants from across North America and across the globe. Our members and attendees represent virtually every industry, and companies ranging from small businesses to large Fortune 100 employers.

While attending our conferences, attendees take part in sessions offering a cutting-edge focus on pro-active human resources practices, and the latest developments in labor and employee relations. CUE conferences offer unparalleled networking opportunities with hundreds of other labor relations, human resources and operations management professionals.

Earn credits for both the HR Certification Institute certification and SHRM Competencies certification.

Employee Relations and Diversity Go Hand in Hand

  • November 27, 2017

Employee Relations and Diversity Go Hand in Hand  (D&I Panel update Part 1)

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) programs are becoming a key part of many employer’s positive employee relations strategy every day. Many people feel that this is in response to external factors and the “PC culture.”  CUE’s panel of diversity experts would disagree.

At CUE’s Fall Conference, our panel of Diversity and Employee Relations Experts included Noel Hornsberry, Yvette Hunsicker, Lorin Bradley, and consultant Arthur Johnson of Vision Inspired Performance Group led a session to address issues in diversity and inclusion.  Each of these specialists agreed that you cannot have a comprehensive employee relations program without a strategy that addresses diversity and inclusion.

Sexual harassment as an Employee Relations Issue

Countless stories on the issue of sexual harassment have appeared recently in the media, including national outlets like the New York Times, and the Washington Post. More recently, regional papers like the Chicago Tribune and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, both featured articles on pervasive sexual harassment in the retail and restaurant industries.

While there is no question that sexual harassment must be addressed appropriately by all employers from a legal and training perspective, labor relations staff should not overlook the potential of sexual harassment forming the core of a corporate campaign aimed at your brand.

A short op-ed from the website The Week published on November 27th lays out this approach very concisely.   “Going forward, national labor battles like the Fight for $15 movements need to become the front lines in combating workplace sexual harassment as well”, despite labors own internal on this front; labor organizations claim that they offer the best hope for workers to protect themselves from workplace predators. We know that unions are not the only solution, but it does mean that you must take steps to ensure that your employee relations plan addresses this issue directly with your supervisors.

What is Diversity?

What is diversity?  Each person had a slightly different take, but mainly it is recognizing and valuing the differences that each employee brings to the workplace – from more obvious traits like race and gender to less noticeable things like thinking and working styles – and leveraging those differences to drive business performance.  Without innovative and diverse thought, employees are less engaged in their work, and the company is less competitive in the market.   A good D&I program can drive employee engagement and retention, as well as performance and revenue.

Employee Resource Groups

Most diversity programs include Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s, also called Business Resource Groups or Affinity Groups), which are groups of employees who share particular characteristics or life experiences (e.g., job function, race, sexual orientation, generation).  Their purpose is to provide support to both the company and other employees in career development, addressing employee relations issues, marketing and product development, wellness, and even social responsibility and volunteering.  These groups are crucial for keeping your finger on the pulse of the environment within your organization, and their formation should be driven by the characteristics of your employees, not a pre-set list of groups you want represented.

How valuable are ERG’s?  Well, more than 90% of Fortune 500 companies utilize ERG’s for everything from refining their recruiting strategy for millennials to improving the product experience for customers with disabilities.  Companies with active ERG’s tend to be more competitive in the marketplace, and employees who are members of ERG’s have a 15-25% more favorable opinion of the organization than those who aren’t.  Higher engagement results because ERG participants are more educated about what’s going on with the company, they understand more about business strategy, and they build more relationships across the organization and different functional groups.

D&I programs should be based on the core values of the organization and communications with employees should be rooted in those values.  When we create a culture of respect and appreciation, each person can come to work and show up as their whole self.  The organization becomes more competitive and sustainable as a whole, and employee relations issues are identified more quickly and resolved.

Need some tips on getting started? Check out Part Two of our series Building the Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion.

Article by Lara Lawson

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