Assessing Organized Labor's Effect on the Location Decision
The increased importance with which Corporate Survey respondents regard the "right-to-work" and "low union profile" factors signifies the need for a new dialogue between labor and management.
Ed McCallum, Senior Principal, McCallum Sweeney Consulting (Oct/Nov 09)
In over 22 years of performing site selection projects for companies both large and small, not once in my entire career has a company said to me, "Ed, our firm would like you to help us establish our business in a location that is heavily organized so we can take advantage of the incumbent work force skills and the institutional craft knowledge already established to help us become more successful and competitive." In a similar manner, not once have I ever heard of a union approaching a company and saying, "Let us find ways we can be more productive, profitable, and competitive so that we can all benefit from working toward a sustainable common goal."