Smokin’ Hot Headlines For Your Leadership!

  • March 31, 2016

Positive Employee Relations: Read All ABout It

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

A lawyer for a labor union urged the Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday to rule that the firing of a state worker caught smoking marijuana in a state-owned vehicle while on the job was too harsh a punishment.

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.

What Business Can Learn from Protestors

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.

6 Signs That You’re Management Material (featuring advice from Friend of CUE Phil Wilson)

Becoming a boss isn’t a career goal for many, but if it is for you, here are the traits you’ll need.

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.

We also publish quarterly journals, monthly legal alerts and many other resources available free to members via our CUE  member portal.