Robert Ahern, Partner


Robert Ahern has more than thirty years experience in human resources and labor relations. With Kennecott Copperhe rose to Labor Relations Administrator for all domestic mining operations. He spent five years in line management positions with Ottawa Silica and was Vice President of Industrial Relations for Crucible Steel where he created a corporate management development system, installed a new compensation system, redesigned the management organization, and served as chief spokesman in negotiations.


For eighteen years Mr. Ahern was Executive Director of the Buffalo-Erie County Labor-Management Council where he implemented labor-management cooperative change processes in more than forty unionized firms in a wide variety of industries. He was first President of the National Association of Area Labor-Management Committees and has taught at the University of Buffalo, Canisius College, and Cornell University.


Mr. Ahern specializes in the CHRS practice area, Implementing Organization Change in Unionized Enterprises. He has written The Labor Management Council published in Industrial Democracy (Woodworth, Meek, and W.F. Whyte, eds.). He has made presentations before the AMA, AAA, FMCS, Industrial Relations Research Association, ASTD, and the Singapore National Productivity Board. He holds a degree from the School of Industrial Relations at Cornell University and an MBA from Syracuse University.


His major clients include Whirlpool, Reynolds Metals, Armstrong World Industries, Carrier, and Kellogg.


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