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In 2014, many elected officials have declared open season on public employees and their unions. Yet even in the wake of the Great Recession there are plenty of examples of productive labor-management relations in the public sector.

Jobs With Justice Education Fund's new report, "Improving Government Through Labor-Management Collaboration and Employee Ingenuity," profiles how public employees and their unions are working together with management to improve the way the government runs. Across the country, public managers at all levels of government are turning to employees for innovative solutions to vexing problems.

"The labor and management representatives featured in the report are tackling a wide range of issues, from reducing health-care costs and implementing complex new technologies to addressing policy shifts in mental health care, Through joint efforts, these teams are getting results--saving taxpayer money, improving the delivery of government services, and expanding training opportunities for employees. These government agencies are the antidote to those who keep demonizing public employees to score political points or privatize government services," said report author Erin Johansson, research director at Jobs With Justice Education Fund.

Interviews with the report's author as well as several of the unions and employers profiled in the study are available upon request. To view the full report, please click here: http://www.jwj.org/lmp.

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