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Winter 2019 Muse

Hector, I will miss you, compañero

Hector, I will miss you, compañero

Thursday night  we lost a long-time friend and colleague, Hector Figueroa, who passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 57.  Hector was the President of SEIU Local 32BJ representing ... read more

Leading Movement Staff in Tumultuous Times

Leading Movement Staff in Tumultuous Times

In moments of great threat and great possibility tensions can be heightened.  The pressure to adapt to change, tighten belts and take effective action exacerbates issues that may have been dormant. ... read more

How to make change inevitable

How to make change inevitable

We hear often that organizational change is a drag and takes a long time.  We may even have experienced change that drawn out and painful, resulting in only modest moves. But ... read more

The 80% Equation: how the open shop turns the traditional union formula on its head

The 80% Equation: how the open shop turns the traditional union formula on its head

We shouldn't be surprised that an historic moment in the U.S. labor movement didn’t make much of a splash. It wasn’t even the biggest news coming out of the Supreme Court that ... read more

Should I stay or should I go?

Should I stay or should I go?

What will public sector union members do when they have a choice? #janus #openshop #letsgetready You’re at your cousin’s wedding reception and you are having an okay time.  The cake has been ... read more

Can Public Employee Unions Save the Labor Movement?

Can Public Employee Unions Save the Labor Movement?

Imagine this:  hundreds and even thousands of conversations happening all over the country.  People in pairs, small groups, big halls. Whispers growing into chatters growing into a cacophony of excitement ... read more

Distributed leadership gets support with the launch of a new coaching cohort

Distributed leadership gets support with the launch of a new coaching cohort

This year, a group of fifteen organizing leaders from economic and racial justice organizations across the country will launch the CIWO/APG Ignite Coaching Cohort on Distributed Leadership.  The Coaching Cohort is a pilot ... read more

Unstoppable, joyous, exhausted

Unstoppable, joyous, exhausted

Bob Lawson  b. 1944 in Midland, Texas In 1966, Bob went to Chicago to work with JOIN (originally an SDS community organizing project building a multi-racial movement of the poor) and organized a group called Uptown ... read more

Throw out the Praise Sandwich and other ways to improve your feedback

Throw out the Praise Sandwich and other ways to improve your feedback

I was having coffee with Laura, a middle school teacher, when she told me she couldn’t remember a time when her administrator had pointed out something she had done well.  She ... read more

Toxic Employee Behaviors and What to Do About Them

Toxic Employee Behaviors and What to Do About Them

Do you have a co-worker who brings down the morale of the team? Does your office sometimes feel like a battleground of "us" vs. "them"? Are you tired of trying to please ... read more