Market Recovery Work: Which is Better – Single or Parallel Workforces?

When market recovery involves a separate wage and fringe package, managing a workforce can be difficult. This session will explore the benefits and challenges to setting up either a single or parallel workforce to perform market recovery work. Drawing on the real-life experience of those in attendance, this interactive session will explore how a single workforce might be managed to allow movement between building trades and recovery work, while still ensuring that manpower needs are met for the recovery work. It will also discuss how to set up and maintain parallel workforces; one specialty work and the other building trades, as well as the challenges posed there for both the union and the contractors.

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.

Market Recovery Overview

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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.