SAN FRANCISCO: In an effort to better defend corporate clients against the impact of labor strife, GCI Group has created a labor relations practice.
SAN FRANCISCO: In an effort to better defend corporate clients
against the impact of labor strife, GCI Group has created a labor
Based in San Francisco and headed by EVP Sam Singer, the group will
operate under GCI’s corporate umbrella and includes heavyweights such as
Robert Berrier (research), Gary Grates (employee relations) and Liam
Fitzpatrick, the UK head of the firm’s employee and change management
Although union membership is on the decline, Singer said labor
organizations are becoming savvier in their dealings with management.
’When people think about unions, they think of strikes and pickets, but
unions are smarter than that now,’ he explained. ’They are playing the
PR game better than ever before, which affects stock prices and
Labor relations work accounted for roughly dollars 1 million of
Kamer-Singer’s dollars 4.3 million in revenues last year, Singer said
(GCI acquired Kamer-Singer in February 1999). The group has worked for
unions in the past, but will focus its efforts on representing corporate
Singer added that GCI does not currently handle any unions. ’We’re
mostly dealing with corporate clients, so there’s no reason to be on the
(union) side,’ said EVP Jim Cox. ’Union work is usually a one-trick
Singer earned his labor-relations stripes by steering Levi Strauss & Co.
through a series of layoffs in 1997 and 1998.