As the healthcare landscape in metro New York shifts and consolidates, the Labor Management Project (LMP) is restructuring itself as well in order to more closely align ourselves with our union and management partners, who have undertaken their own structural shifts. New teams, under the direction of seasoned organizational development leaders, will strategically support labor-management collaboration within the new, extended health care systems that are emerging. This fall, the LMP promoted three of its staff to support this model.


Mike Shay, who joined us in 2012, is now assistant director for the Mount Sinai health system and independent Brooklyn hospitals. Mike has over 40 years of experience in labor relations, organizational development, and human resources. He recently worked with the Mount Sinai Beth Israel/1199SEIU Strategic Joint Partnership to help union and management leaders implement a job and income security agreement during the hospital’s transition to a modern healthcare network servinag patients in lower Manhattan. “The LMP supports its union and management stakeholders in the shifts required by DSRIP and the movement to community based, preventive, coordinated care. The LMP strives to be a valued resource to our stakeholders to fulfill their deep desire to continue to deliver great care in our communities and to provide great jobs. In doing this work, the LMP has put in place a talented and dedicated team, and I see it as a privilege to serve as a resource to this team in my position as a new assistant director.“


Diann Jeffers, who joined us in 2013, is now manager for the Montefiore health system and independent Bronx hospitals. Prior to joining the LMP, Diann worked with 1199SEIU for more than 11 years, first as a rank and file union member, then as a delegate, and finally as a contract administrator. Diann recently helped labor and management implement successful process improvement initiatives in Bronx-Lebanon hospitals and six affiliated outpatient clinics.  “I welcome the opportunity to work with and learn from ‘workers’ about how we can jointly shift the paradigm of worker engagement and empowerment to one that perhaps, in some small way, influences the conversation and works for the good and benefit of all.”


Rodney Brown, the new manager for the Northwell health system, joined the LMP in 2010. Rodney has over 20 years of experience as a consultant, educator, mediator and executive coach and is an adjunct professor at Baruch College and Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. In his position with the LMP, Rodney recently worked with labor and management at Northwell Health’s Integrated Distribution Center to improve productivity, reduce overtime costs and improve labor/management relationships. “It is my desire to assist labor and management in mastering the process of collaboration,” he said.


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