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Needing help with the outline and some examples or just 1 example of a unionized organization. Choose an organization with which you are familiar that is currently unionized.

Outline the organization chosen by including the following:

1. Provide brief background information on your chosen organization.
2. Identify legal issues and obstacles that this organization could encounter.
3. Determine which federal, state, or local laws could be broken because of these legal issues and why.
4. Provide recommendations to minimize possible litigation.

Write a paper discussing the effects of the union on the chosen organization. Address the following questions:

1. What are the organization's benefits of joining a union?
2. What is the unionization process?
3. How does a union bargain?
4. What effects does union bargaining have on the organization?

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Unionized organizations

Name of the Organization: United Auto Workers Union

Brief background information:

One union that has proven its presence in the United States is the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW).
The UAW website identifies the Union as "one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, with members in virtually every sector of the economy. It represented workplaces ranging from multinational corporations, small manufacturers and state and local governments to colleges and universities, hospitals and private non-profit organizations".
Furthermore, the Union "has more than 390,000 active members and more than 600,000 retired members are in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico". This data indicates that the Union has a wide range of membership.
(International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) website. About UAW. Accessed from www.uaw.org.)

Legal issues and obstacles that this organization could encounter.
In the early years of the founding the union found face to face with the law by promoting wildcat strikes and work stoppages. These acts not only affect the output of the organization but also the workers' salary and the economy, in general.
(E-How Money. The Effects of a UAW Strike. http://www.ehow.com/info_8420822_effects-uaw-strike.html)

Determine which federal, state, or local laws could be broken because of these legal issues and why.
These are the laws that are violated by wildcat strikes and work stoppages:
The Norris-La Guardia Act applies to this case, "which involves a 'labor dispute' even though the work stoppage was politically motivated.
The Act "prohibits injunctions in "any" labor dispute and defining "labor dispute" to include "any controversy concerning terms or conditions ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses all about unions and unionism in the workplace.

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