Labor-Management Council

Labor-Management Council

The Danville Area Labor-Management Council was formed on February 25, 1982. The DALMC is the third oldest Labor-Management Council in Illinois. The Council gives management and union leaders a forum in which ideas can be expressed, programs created and assistance provided in promoting good labor-management relations. It supports industrial retention, expansion and recruiting efforts.

The Council’s bylaws state that the Council shall consist of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12 labor representatives and a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12 management representatives. The DACC President and the President of the Economic Development Corporation serve as ex-officio officers. The DACC Executive Vice President for Instruction is the Council’s coordinator and the Administrative Assistant to the EVP serves as recording secretary.

By encouraging labor and management to work together, the Council strives to improve the economic climate of the community. The organization provides assistance to firms that want to set up on-site labor-management committees and other employee involvement activities. It works behind the scenes to help head off labor disputes and provides seminars and workshops that promote cooperative efforts. The group does not enter into organizing, arbitration or settling grievances and negotiations. The services are available to union and non-union businesses in both the public and private sector.

Since its inception, the Labor-Management Council has served as a model on how labor and management can establish and maintain an on-going dialogue. The group is credited with:

  • Helping start and encourage on-site labor-management committees at numerous Danville area industries.
  • Being a significant factor in Danville’s selection for the Governor’s Home Town Award.
  • Playing an important role in the selection of Danville for a medium-security correctional center.
  • Providing leadership for the consolidation of the corporate organization, which resulted in the expansion of the Hyster operations in the Danville plant.
  • Serving as a model for the development of similar councils throughout the State of Illinois.
  • Providing numerous workshops on labor relations in conjunction with the College’s Corporate and Community Education Division.
  • Planning and developing the successful Industry Survival Program, which provides presentations by industries recognized nationally as innovative leaders in labor-management cooperation.

For further information about the Council, contact Labor Co-Chair Jim Bailey at 442-0996 or Executive Director, David Kietzmann at 443-8771.

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