Labor-Management Partnerships

CEOs who had reinvented big corporations told us we could not succeed without a true partnership between management and labor. The President signed an executive order in 1993 establishing the National Partnership Council. (17) Now there are more than 650 partnership councils, and labor-management relations are improving all across government. One of the most successful councils is at the U.S. Mint in Denver, led by Greg Wikberg, president of the local union, and Jack DeBroekert, the manager of the Mint. Since the partnership started, disputes have nearly vanished, litigation costs have dropped by $10 million and, in 1995, they set an all-time record by producing 10.3 billion coins. (18) How's that for a money-making partnership?

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