4 Helpful Rules for Building Relationships with Labor Unions

Michelle Sullivan
Personal relationships help to build internal consensus on direction, to support problem-solving efforts, and ultimately to resolve disputes.

Personal relationships help to build internal consensus on direction, to support problem-solving efforts, and ultimately to resolve disputes.

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When I recall law school and my early practice, emphasis was generally placed on developing strong technical knowledge of the law. While we had plenty of relationship building experiences, they focused on the immediate need of building a network for professional opportunities, such as finding one’s first job. The lesson to be learned at that time was that relationship building could help us advance our careers. In private practice, building client relationships was a way to ensure clients trusted my advice, and relationship building in my bar association and community was primarily in hopes of gaining new clients for my law firm. But, a few years ago, I made a significant career transition that gave me an entirely new meaning of relationship building. 

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