Market Recovery: A Whole New World?

When market recovery means entering a new market for contractors and labor, it brings with it unique challenges. Michael Gaffney, will explain why this type of market recovery is particularly hard. Through an interactive discussion with attendees, including areas who are already engaging in market recovery efforts, he will address how areas can expand their market recovery workforce through expansion of existing contractors (building new business line), organizing previously non-union contractors, and building new contractors from the ranks of membership.

Mr. Gaffney, who taught at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, has teamed with SMACNA and SMART to work with local parties in developing meaningful labor relations and improved bargaining relationships for over two decades.

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Michael Gaffney, Trainer & Facilitator

At the National Academy of Sciences, Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and most recently as a consultant, Dr. Gaffney has for 45 years focused his research and teaching on organizational change in industry, particularly with regard to the negotiation of change. He has provided on-site consulting, training, and facilitation services to over 500 companies and unions throughout North America and overseas.

A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (BS Nautical Science), Dr. Gaffney worked for several years as a licensed officer and pilot aboard deep-sea and Great Lakes commercial vessels (Masters, Mates & Pilots, MM&P, and Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, MEBA District II). He later became an anthropologist (MA New School for Social Research, Ph.D. Ohio State University) concentrating his studies on the linkage between technology, work, and occupational culture.