Advancing Labor-Management Partnerships (AMP)
Through Labor-Management Partnerships, employers of all sizes work constructively with the unions that represent their employees to tackle important workplace issues that are often outside the framework of traditional collective bargaining. The Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has initiated a new program, the Advancing Labor-Management Partnerships (AMP), which highlights examples and demonstrates the importance of employers and workers joining together and working collaboratively to address complex organizational issues. We will showcase examples of labor-management partnerships through AMP and on the Worker Organizing and Resource Knowledge (WORK) Center site to encourage employers and workers to jointly tackle organizational challenges. Through this win-win approach, organizations can improve performance, enhance the quality of their products or services, create a more collaborative and quality work experience and increase organizational effectiveness. AMP will also support and highlight labor-management cooperation by partnering with other agencies at the US Department of Labor, other US Government agencies, the private sector, and the public at large, thereby harnessing the power of partnerships to address organizational challenges.
A Labor-Management Partnership (LMP) is a strategy used by labor and management, acting together, to jointly improve their workplace. Through an ongoing mutual commitment, LMPs serve as a collaborative effort to improve the labor-management relationship, often by tackling complex issues not easily susceptible to solutions through traditional collective bargaining. These partnerships are designed to benefit the organization and its product or services while providing employees an enhanced experience in the workplace.
Darnice Marsh, Labor-Management Partnership Coordinator
Ms. Marsh serves as the Labor-Management Partnership Coordinator for the Office of Labor-Management Standards within the United States Department of Labor (DOL). In that role, she leads agency-wide efforts to foster and develop cooperative labor-management programs that promote the myriad benefits of collective bargaining relationships and demonstrate the economic benefits to all Americans that can be achieved when workers have a meaningful, equitable, and consequential voice in the workplace. In addition, Ms. Marsh serves as an integral part of a team that conducts research on the effects labor unions and labor-management cooperation have on equity among American workers and families, along racial, ethnic, ability, economic, and other grounds. Ms. Marsh is an expert in building bridges, maintaining relationships, and building coalitions. Prior to joining the Department of Labor, she held both union and management positions within the public and private sectors of employment.
AMP Blog Series
Across the country, workers and employers are joining together to improve the benefits, working conditions, and safety measures that employees experience on a daily basis. Through a bi-weekly series of blog posts, AMP will cover a variety of topics; from highlighting successful labor-management partnerships to taking a holistic look at labor relations in the modern American workplace. Make sure you subscribe to receive content related to labor-management cooperation.
The WORK Center provides information about unions, organizing, and collective bargaining, all of which are important tools for workers that help support the Department of Labor’s mission to protect workers. The WORK Center will collect and highlight stories of labor-management partnerships. These stories will exhibit how labor-management partnerships can benefit your business.
Have a story? You’re invited to share your story through the collection forms. We would love to hear from you!
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Last Updated: 9-14-22