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YearCityRecipAmountProblem
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2007Boston, MAThe Construction Institute$125,000
The Construction Institute (TCI) was originally created in 1998 as the Labor Management Construction Safety Alliance (CSA), with the support of a grant from FMCS... TCI will bring union construction labor and management representatives together to work cooperatively in order to enhance the image of the unionized sector of the construction industry in Massachusetts and increase union competitiveness in the marketplace.
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2007Chicago ILChicago Federation of Labor$125,000
Ensure engagement of manufacturers and manufacturing-related unions in regional efforts to address skill shortages in the manufacturing industry.
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2006
Carroll County, OH
Quality Construction Partnership / East Central Ohio Building & Construction Trades Council
$125,000
Ultimate goal is to promote working opportunities for its participants by providing quality, safety-conscious craftsmen and craftswomen who are dedicated to on-time, on-budget project completion.
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2005
Multnomah County, Oregon
Multnomah County, Oregon / AFSCME Local 88$125,000
Relations between labor and management have deteriorated because Multnomah Countys ongoing revenue shortfall has caused insecurity among the workforce with severe budget constraints, staff layoffs, and elevated stress and anxiety. The FMCS grant will give the county and the union much needed funds to leverage their resources in order to jointly improve organizational effectiveness, promote cooperative relations, and enhance communications.
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2005Dubuque, IA
Iowa Health Buyers Alliance / Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical & Energy Worker International Union
$125,000
(1) identify, develop, evaluate, recommend and provide access to cost-effective and high performance policies, practices, providers and products; (2) increase the membership base; and (3) solidify administrative roles and develop key partnerships
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2005
Parma Heights, OH
Baldwin-Wallace College / Northern Ohio Fire Fighters$125,000
Create the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Regionalization Project. The initial rationale for the Project and data supporting the creation of a regional fire district were outlined in a study conducted by Baldwin-Wallace College in 2005-2006 at the request of the mayors of five of the seven cities participating in the Project.
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2005OhioElectrical Trades Center / IBEW Local Union #683$122,997
Improving organizational effectiveness and capabilities, facilitating positive communication between labor, management and the community, and emphasizing labor-management team-building, in order to deliver value to customers and to build a shared vision for the electrical industry in Central Ohio.
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2005
Adams County, WI
North Central Wisconsin LMC / Graphic Packaging Corporation / PACE International Representative
$119,187
Effectively responding to area economic and workforce development needs of their member unions and employers. The initial focus will be on the paper industry, to expand to other manufacturing industries and one additional sector such as Health Care or Construction.
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2005Montana
Montana Labor-Management Alliance / Montana District Council of Laborers
$117,897
To increase the number of young people entering apprenticeship programs in the construction trades the program will focus primarily on high school and college students and workers in minimum wage jobs seeking to improve their situation. Emphasis will be on schools in rural areas of Montana, and the goal is to visit a minimum of 130 high schools.
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2005Michigan
West Michigan Construction Alliance / Ironworkers Local 340
$114,758
So that their workforce can better compete with non-represented companies, The West Michigan Construction Alliance and Ironworkers of Local 340 propose to improve the productivity skills of construction employees.
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2010Seattle, WA
Building Trades Labor-Management Organization of Washington State / AFL-CIO
$112,327
Washington's construction industry leaders -- both labor and management -- have identified a lack of leadership in safety and health on the part of mid-level personnel to be a key barrier to better safety and health performance.
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2005Ithica, NY
Skilled Trades Diversity Council / Tompkins-Building & Construction Trades Council Laborers Local 589
$110,027
Increase workplace diversity in the construction industry with expanded outreach to underrepresented populations and women, a pre-apprenticeship program and exit interview for employees who are leaving skilled trades.
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2011Madison, WI
Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership / USW Local 3740 / IAMAW Local 1916 / UAW 469
$109,763
Reduce the decline in the industry and the state of Wisconsin.
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2005Connecticut
GrowJobsCT Labor-Management Program / District Lodge 26, IAMAW, AFL-CIO
$105,550
GrowJobsCT is a state-wide labor management program to retain and expand manufacturing jobs that are disappearing in Connecticut at an alarming rate. T
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2010Albany, NY
CSEA Institute for Workers Opportunities, Resources & Knowledge / AFSCME
$104,300
Problem: CSEA has a need to enhance labor-management education and training resources for over 200,000 state and local government employees. Strategy: A multi-module video-based component will be created and disseminated.
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2011Chicago, IL
Chicago Federation of Labor Workers Assistance Committee / SEIU-HCII of Indiana & Illinois
$103,423
recruit and train home healthcare workers
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2010La Crosse, WI
Construction Professionals Association, IBEW Local 14, Carpenters Local 1143, Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 1, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 434, Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 599, Sheet Metal Workers Local 18
$101,400
Problem: Skilled trade workers struggle with employment in this economy due to non-unionized construction workers gaining popularity with their lower wage requirements.
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2005Milwaukee, Wi
City of Milwaukee / International Association of Fire Fighters Local 215
$101,383
A new training component for probationary firefighters and paramedics (Fire Cadets) that will emphasize cultural competence and knowledge of dispute resolution systems. This will be done through in service training to the rest of the department by specialized teams of trainers.
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2005Chicago, IL
Chicago Building Trades Council / Construction Employers Association
$99,522
Exploring and addressing the reason for journeymens reluctance to assume leadership positions.
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2009Dubuque, IA
Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council / Teamsters Local 120,Steelworkers Local 1861, IAMAW Local 1238, UAW Local 94
$98,445
Change the image and perception of skilled trade jobs in the Greater Dubuque area; Educate the community about the importance and benefits of strong labor management relation
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2009Peoria, ILTRICON / PERFECT$97,965
Pressure from non-union competition, tight end-user budgets, an ailing global economy, and a projected shortage in qualified, skilled labor threaten to weaken the local union construction industrys market share further, as well as the industrys ability to provide clients with quality construction projects, on time and within budget... Through an FMCS grant, the TRICON will develop... an industry-wide plan to address the impending labor shortage in union construction in Central Illinois.
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2009Lanham, MD
National Union Insulation Contractors Alliance / International Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers (AFL-CIO, CLC)
$95,876
In 2007, the IAHFIAW and LMCT developed a code of conduct that clearly describes the expectations being made of both employees and employers in the unionized mechanical insulation industry... Now that the PCCC process has been established, it is time to take this program another step forward and implement the Project Management Initiative (PMI), which will require preparing a cadre of trainers to guarantee integration of Code at jobsites across the country, the actual enforcement of the Code itself by labor representatives, and a set of activities to ensure adequate implementation and monitoring.
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2011Illinois
Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 1 / Central IL Chapter of SMACNA
$93,893
Local #1 needs a training program to position itself to advance in the green energy industry sector.
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2006Tamarac, FL
City of Tamarac / International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3080
$93,352
To improve safety among city employees. The grant will enable TESC to employ a Safety Analyst who will address employee and management safety concerns and serve as a communication bridge between labor and management.
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2010Chicago, IL
Chicago Labor-Management Trust / AFL-CIO, AFSCME and Local 1092
$92,421
Create more visibility and influence of the Chicago Labor-Management Trust to improve the workplace for city employees.
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2011Chicago, ILMechanics Local 701 Training Fund$82,968
Develop a curriculum for entry level individuals who are choosing this career and outline a pathway for them to follow to learn how to properly and safely repair the equipment in their industry
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2010New York, NY
Consortium for Worker Education / 1199 SEIU, DC 37 AFSCME
$76,900
Problem: As a growing sector with a high proportion of women and single parents, health care workplaces struggle to meet the needs of their patients with a well-trained, reliable workforce able to balance work and family responsibilities.
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2006Cincinatti, OH
University of Cincinnati / Service Employees International Union District 1199
$66,516
Identify the problems and to improve the performance of employees who may be at risk of discipline for performance related issues. Presently, there is no evaluation mechanism available which distinguishes inability from unwillingness to work.
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2010Lansing, MI
Education Alliance of Michigan / American Federation of Teachers
$65,000
Problem: A new law in Michigan requires that all K-12 teachers and administrators expand an annual performance evaluation system... There is little assistance available to local schools districts to create this framework
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2009
Bronx, New York
Cooperative Home Care Associates / 1199 SEIU$65,000
Decrease the number of call-outs to client-assignments by home health aides and increase the utilization of their health insurance benefits; Reduce the number of client-assignments refused by home health aides and assess the impact of this work on decreasing the percent of our employees who work part-time hours.
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2007Waupun, WI
National Rivet & Manufacturing Company / IAMAW Local Lodge 1516
$65,000
The National Rivet & Manufacturing Company is a private, family business... [In] the increasing competitive environment there is a need for employees to understand their direct role in the manufacture of quality products and the maintenance of quality standards.
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2005WisconsinWaukesha Engine Dresser Inc. / Local Lodge 1377 IAMAW$65,000
Waukesha Engine is a business unit of Dresser, Inc. which has a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of highly sophisticated engineering equipment and services sold worldwide since 1929. Currently, 80% of its workforce requires training in one or more skills in their job.
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2005Wisconsin
Federal Mogul Corporation Powertrain Systems / IAMAW Local Lodge 143
$64,994
Federal-Mogul Corporation Powertrain Systems of Schofield, WI, has experienced a 24% reduction in both staff and sales (globalization has lowered the price of piston rings). Federal Mogul Corporation and the Local Lodge 1438 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have been in the process of executing a new labor-management relationship based on the High Performance Work Organization (HPWO) Partnership.
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2009
San Leandro, CA
East Bay Innovation / SEIU Local 1221$63,452
Attract more direct care workers, who are mostly women and people of color, to care for the disabled.
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2009
Los Angeles, CA
Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center / United Nurses Association of California Union of Healthcare Professionals
$62,829
In recent years, Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center has been plagued by several economic hardships. Beginning with its bankruptcy in 2002, recovery has been difficult at best.
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2010Lincoln, NECity of Lincoln / IAFF Local 644$60,268
Change the image and perception of who can have a career as a firefighter to include women and minorities.
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2009Des Plaines, IL
Oakton Community College / Cook County College Teachers Union Local 1600, American Federation of Teachers
$57,559
Institute programs to improve employee health and welfare, and facilitate work/life balance.
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2011
New Holstein, WI
Amerequip Corp. / IAM Lodge 1260$57,025
Problem Statement: To strengthen our culture of continuous improvement to drive us to world class excellence!
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2011Lynn, MA
Lynn Community Health / 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
$56,186
Problem: Conflicts between employees and supervisors related to change in job duties necessitated by new technologies or models of care; conflicts between peers related to workloads or schedules; and conflicts exacerbated by the diversity of cultures represented in health care patients and health care staff.
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2011Houghton, MI
Michigan Technological University / Police Officers Association / AFSCME Local 1166 / UAW Local 5000
$55,006
Recruit and train at least 50% unionized staff to become campus leaders.
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2011Omaha, NECity of Omaha (NE)$52,650
Problem: High cost of administrating multiple healthcare plans for 3,600 members exceeded $2.1 million in 2010. Also the costs of claims for many different health plans are causing a strain on the City of Omaha.
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2010Brooklyn, NYLutheran Medical Center / 1199 SEIU$52,325
Problem: Inadequate staffing occurs when excessive absences due to sick and extended leave arise.
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2010Chicago, ILAlliance for Quality Child Care / SEIU-HCII$50,892
Problem: Owners and workers at newly organized independent Chicago-area child care centers in the Alliance for Quality Child Care lack the resources to apply for and receive ratings on Illinois"s Quality Counts Quality Rating System (QRS).
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2005PennsylvaniaPenn Metal Fabricators / IAMAW Local Lodge 2779$48,519
Penn Metal Fabricators performs metal fabrication and welding for the United States military, aviation, US Postal Service, biomedical, construction and electrical industries. In order to remain competitive, both labor and management leaders at Penn Metal Fabricators recognized the need for change and instituted an HPWO (High Performance Work Organization) Partnership in order to improve work processes, reduce costs and generate growth opportunities to save and create jobs.
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2009Calvert City, KY
International Specialty Products (ISP) Calvert City, Kentucky / International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1720
$47,205
The ISP Corporation and ISP Calvert City have been affected by the economic down turn. Customers have cancelled or reduced orders, gross revenue is down, production has been reduced, and budgets have been reduced. To meet competitive challenges in the global marketplace, particularly from China, it is imperative that every avenue for improvement be explored.
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2009Chicago, IL
ArcelorMittal USA Inc. / United States Steel, Paper & Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial & Service Workers International (USW)
$45,545
Improving product quality and production efficiencies, promoting employee involvement in problem solving, and improving company and union relations at all levels within the organization. Included is a Comprehensive Training and Education Program, a commitment by ArcelorMittal and the USW to receive ongoing training, jointly developed and implemented by both parties in the application of their partnership initiatives.
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2011Tamarac, FLCity of Tamarac (FL) / Federation of Public Employees$42,176
encouraging managers to utilize employee input
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2011New York, NYNYC Health & Hospitals Corporation / 1199 SEIU$38,795
Hold a one-day labor-management patient safety conference
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2006
New Hampshire
Bronze Craft Corporation / Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastic and Allied Workers International Union Local 257-B
$36,753
Since 2000, the company has had to layoff more than one third of its work force because of declining revenues, as well as a one-week strike in 2004. To stay Competitive and to maintain its solvency, the company, through a new Labor-Management Committee, is taking steps to improve its manual material handling processes based on ergonomic injuries sustained by employees.
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2005Akron, OHAkron General Medical Center / Ohio Nurses Association$35,778
Help Akron General Medical Center and the Ohio Nurses Association develop a process to manage workplace conflict. The FMCS grant enables the AGREE Program to obtain the assistance of an Ombuds person who will coordinate and manage the disputes, maintain statistics, serve when appropriate as a third-party neutral, and promote awareness of the AGREE Program through education and training.
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2005
Washington state
Pacific Coast Maritime L/M Consortium / Inlandboatmens Union of the Pacific
$35,000
Seek an innovative regional solution to the converging problems of an aging mariner demographic, a lack of entry-level positions and the new international and Federal training requirements.
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2011Massachusetts
Massachusetts Department of Correction / Massachusetts Correction Officers
$34,365
Problem: A need to decrease the number of internal investigations and external complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the office of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
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2010Hamilton, OH
Ohio Electrical Labor-Management Cooperative Committee / IBEW, NECA
$34,167
The ability for all participants to learn together about green technology will assist in quieting some of the fears voiced by both management and labor over the technology.
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2009Boise, ID
Idaho Education Association / Idaho School Board Association / Idaho Association of School Administrators
$31,316
The economic challenges and time constraints make bargaining more difficult for both labor and management teams. To date 20 Idaho school districts have declared financial emergency, and successor agreements have been reached in 18 of those districts.
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2007Des Moines, IAIowa Health Buyers Alliance$31,248
(1) identify, develop, evaluate, recommend and provide access to cost-effective and high performance policies, practices, providers and products; (2) increase the membership base; and (3) solidify administrative roles and develop kept partnerships.
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2007Chicago IL
Chicago Building Trades Council / Construction Employers Association
$27,645
To further explore the perceptions of apprentices and journeymen who have been in the trades for less than six years.
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2007Ithica, NYSkilled Trades Diversity Council$24,450
With the FMCS grant, the Council plans to increase workplace diversity in the construction industry with expanded outreach to underrepresented populations
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2011York, PAYork Area LMC / USW Local 1852 / Teamster Local 776$23,750
The need for improved safety training at smaller organizations
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2005Akron, OHAkron General Medical Center / Ohio Nurses Association$14,222
The continuation of an Ombuds person to manage workplace issues and disputes that do not fit a traditional grievance process and promote awareness of the AGREE program through education and training.
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