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Pros and Cons of Unionization To Protect Rights

Pros and Cons of Unionization to Develop a Plan to Negotiate while Protecting the Rights

You have been promoted to the new position of Chief Labor Negotiator. The not-for-profit facility on the east side of town has unionized successfully. The administrative staff is divided on the topic of welcoming the union into your facility with some working diligently to stay union-free.

Validate the approaches that management can implement to successfully work with a new union and prepare to negotiate a first collective bargaining agreement that has positive features for both the union and management.

Analyze the methods to ensure that a final contract has important protections for workers as well as protecting the rights of management to operate its facility. Identify specific topics to be included in a contract.

Develop a response for the CEO that addresses what the pros and cons of a hospital unionization.

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Validate the approaches that management can implement to successfully work with a new union and prepare to negotiate a first collective bargaining agreement that has positive features for both the union and management.

The approaches that should be taken in first-time collective bargaining agreements must be in accordance with the fact that most agreements don't involve lawyers. Because a majority of collective bargaining negotiations are conducted with one or both sides unrepresented by counsel, it's iimperative for those representing both sides to understand the legal ramifications of their decisions as it's not uncommon for business agents representing uniont to bargain three-year labor agreements covering the entire work force without involving legal counsel. Employers, also refrain from using counsel allowing managers to negotiate collective bargaining agreements capable of determining the company's cost competitiveness and productivity for years to come. This has a significant impact on both management and unions with new unions particularly impacted by this situation.

Newly certified unions commonly experience incredible difficulty when attempting to negotiate their first collective bargaining agreement. Therefore, the most impactful approach for remedying this significant problem is for new unions to engage in first contract arbitration (FCA), which is afforded because of the Employee Free Choice Act. Newly certified unions often reach impasse's ...

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