Consult with the union regularly on job security issues, job flexibility and contracting out. Just on the basis of "Do you have any concerns about the people coming in to do our fencing. Do you have any concerns about this operation or that operation and the way we are doing it".
Finally, be patient and persistent in obtaining the cooperation of the employees and the union representatives in introducing work place changes; whether it is trade flexibility or other operational changes.
I've tried to give you the message that you have more open minded unions than you had in the past. At all levels - take advantage of it. You also have, not just more open-minded people, they are brighter people, they are more willing to learn, and they are more willing to cooperate if given the chance.
The paranoia about change, in my mind, can be addressed in part by your input, by slowing down the pace, and keeping optimistic and upbeat about change, and about what is going to happen. But smell the coffee along the way, feel the pulse, to make sure that you are not ramming in aggressively, or you are going to get adverse reaction to it. If you moved a little slower and talked a little more before you started introducing it, it would go a hell of a lot smoother.
Thank you very much.