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    First, evaluate the union versus non-union political activities, attitudes, and behaviors. Secondly assess the collective bargaining process and who might be the key players from the union and non-union sides. Keep in mind the perspective will have a great deal to do with how the union movement will affect you both personally and professionally.

    Assist in preparing a paper addressing the following:
    1. Discuss the characteristics that you believe would be important in a union representative if you were a member of the union. Would the characteristics differ based on the position the representative holds (President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer?) Would the characteristics differ based on whether the union was actively negotiating a contract? Compare and contrast the attitudes, behaviors and political aspirations of those involved in a union and those outside the union environment, in both representative and member roles.
    2. Discuss whether you have the characteristics to be a union representative. Is that a position you would want to fulfill? Why or why not? If so, how would you effectively manage the process of bargaining to benefit members within your organization? Provide specific examples from the research to justify your positions. The paper will be open-ended to afford you the opportunity to interact with your course instructor.

    Support your paper with a minimum of five (5) resources.

    Length: 5-7 pages

    Use current APA standards

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    First, evaluate the union versus non-union political activities, attitudes, and behaviors. Secondly assess the collective bargaining process and who might be the key players from the union and non-union sides. Keep in mind the perspective will have a great deal to do with how the union movement will affect you both personally and professionally.

    First and foremost, union officials operate on behalf of union employees as they are elected by employees and act as "politicians". Therefore, the notion that there are non-union political activities within a union is farcical as all union elected leaders desire to be re-elected, which means that they act on behalf of political interests of the union as well as the political interests of themselves in regard to being re-elected as union representatives. Unions and their elected representatives have a host of political activities that are engaged in consisting of lobbying government officials on behalf of the union, political action committees that seek to grow support among employees who are considering forming a union, and the typical union politics associated with seeking greater benefits for employees.

    The most effective way that these political interests are achieved entails engaging in collective bargaining with management. The use of collective bargaining is effective in ensuring that union representatives who receive their agenda from union members can bargain on behalf of employees for increased wages, benefits such as healthcare and pensions, and any other issue that union employees want addressed. These may range from hourly breaks to any other conceivable employment condition that union employees want improved. The union representatives that have been elected by union employees will enter collective bargaining negotiations with corporate representatives who are managers and supervisors that have been designated to negotiate on behalf of the corporation.

    In both instances, the union representatives and corporate representatives are attempting to increase the overall benefit of either side by enhancing their position to maximize their position. This typically results in the necessity ...

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    The expert compares and contrasts Union Representatives with those Outside the Organized Environment.

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