The United States Infrastructure is failing and rather than Congress stepping in to fix the problem there’s simply more deadlock. Our guest ,Richard Greer , Director of Strategic Communications for the Laborers International Union of North America, (“LiUNA”), details why it is so important that we fix our bridges. Next, John Coverdale, retired Regional Director of NYSUT in Nassau County, tells us how he is utilizing his labor-union skill set in his new role as a consultant, helping labor and management resolve labor relations issues in the workplace.
LiUNA says Fix Our Bridges!
Sometimes it seems almost impossible to drive a stretch of road without hitting a pothole. Setting out orange cones or pouring in some quick-patch does little to maintain the infrastructure that is vital for industry, commerce and day to day life. In an effort to raise awareness of the perils of our deteriorating infrastructure, LiUNA launched a six week bus tour called “Getting Schooled on Infrastructure.” Most recently, they parked their “Schoolbus” in Time Square. No doubt people were shocked to view a school bus the front of which bus had been smashed in by a slab of concrete which had seemingly fallen off a deteriorating bridge. Richard Greer, the Director of Strategic Communications for LiUNA, explains what happened to the bus and updates us about how increasingly perilous our roads are becoming. Greer elaborates on steps that can be taken to we maintain infrastructure in the United States and fix our bridges. We aren’t even keeping up with countries such as China, which are invests five times as much of its GDP in its infrastructure.
Bridging the Labor Management Divide
To persuade labor and management to see eye to eye is sometimes quite a challenge. Dr. John Coverdale’s experience working in both arenas, puts him in the unique position to do just that. Coverdale has worked in management, been a Professor at Stony Brook focusing on business, a union member and ultimately the New York State United Teachers’ Regional Director for Nassau County. After retiring from NYSUT, Coverdale started the Center for Workplace Solutions to help employees and management address common problems in a mutually beneficial way. Coverdale explains how he is working to improve bottom lines by educating businesses, particularly the smaller one that don’t have an HR Department, and unions on employment related issues, encouraging professional development and resolving conflicts in the workplace.
1) Educating Future Female Labor Leaders – Minority Workers in Unsafe Workplaces: Perils minorities face in the workplace, particularly in construction
2) Telling the Labor Story: The importance of labor stories in motivating change
3) Labor’s Newspaper: “The Chief” – Responsible Development in NY: Encouraging responsible construction jobs in New York
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