By Kirk Blackard
Unlike other labor law and management books, Blackard's comprehensive new work not only examines legal, strategic human resources management, change management, and related matters in labor/management relations, but also offers easily grasped and applied methods for addressing all of these matters. Labor relations should be a fully integrated part of a systemic approach to human resource management, Blackard argues. He challenges the feasibility of ad hoc programs and labor/management partnerships, but encourages collaboration within the context of both parties' interests and roles. His book provides a philosophy and set of practices to manage change and improve the labor/management relationship in the unionized workplace.