Have you ever had the feeling that someone was telling you they were on-board with a change but they didn't even fully understand or think through the change you were proposing? Or maybe they were just saying yes because they like you but not taking your idea very seriously? Or perhaps you've done all the groundwork for a change and one or two people are just dead set against it for no rational reason.
Any manager who has worked in a unionized environment can tell you that it presents its own entirely unique set of challenges; aside from running the day to day business. A union, in its very nature, promotes stability and thwarts the types of changes that are sometimes essential for a continuous improvement implementation such as Lean Six Sigma or other. In a typical non-union environment, a comprehensive CI implementation takes anywhere from 2.5 - 5 years. In a union environment, you can expect this duration to be a bit longer; ranging from 3.5 to 7 years.