Two to tango in the management-union dance

I wish the word "management" had fewer letters, because then maybe, it would show up in headlines along with "union" or "labor," nice short words to top a one-column article. What bothers me so much about the news and commentary on unions is that people forget that contracts are involved. 

At some point in the employer/employee relationship, managers from the business or enterprise and union leaders representing workers come to an agreement on a contract. While negotiating, each side brings to bear whatever strengths and tactics it has. Is this a surprise? This is how it works in every contract or relationship, from buying a car to being married. However, unlike marriage, once an agreement is reached in workplace negotiations, it is put into writing. At that point, it becomes just as much a management contract as a union contract. 

It's a contract, period.  

The point is that there are two partners in that dance, and both are responsible for the beauty of the ballet.

You can read my story on the dance between management (the Pestronk/Post Brothers) and the unions by clicking here.