Michael E. Shay has over 35 years of experience in the fields of human resources, labor relations, and organizational development. Since 1990, he has served as a consultant to unions and management in the healthcare, textile, apparel, steel, bottling, aerospace, paper-making, logistics, automotive supply and waste management industries as well as professional services organizations. He has also consulted to state and federal government agencies, and not-for-profit community development agencies.
Mike has substantial experience on issues related to high performance/self-directed work systems, total quality, conflict resolution, collective bargaining, joint improvement processes, and the development of union-management partnerships focused on strategic mutual interests. In addition to his consulting experience, Mike has spent thousands of hours in grievance handling, arbitration, National Labor Relations Board cases, and contract negotiations.
Mike’s approach to organizational development is firmly rooted in his experience as a shop floor worker, union steward, local union president, organizer, and Central and South Jersey Director for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. He has spoken and written extensively about his work, and has given several international presentations.