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Unionization In Non Profit: Intrinsic And Extrinsic Issues

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As the Director of Labor Relations at the 400-bed hospital. You are tasked with describe the salient extrinsic and intrinsic issues for employees. Monitor the organizing attempt at the not-for-profit facility across town.

Develop a process to assess the attitudes of employees regarding unionization. Include important factors such as management involvement, using management-oriented consultants, and communication strategies that would influence workers to avoid unionization. Evaluate whether wages, benefits or working conditions are not the only issues that need to be addressed.

Also include:
1. Why are unions successful in appealing to the fears of workers?
2. There are various conditions where employees feel insecure along with facing economic problems based on falling wages and employee benefits.
3. Will employee motivation increase or decrease as a result of unionization?
Prepare a handout appropriate for giving out to the employees of the organization. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a treaty with a union and how the company plans to improve employee morale. Provide specific examples where appropriate.

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The process to assess the attitudes of employees regarding unionization consists of conducting a survey of a random sample of employees. The survey will have twenty questions that will assess the attitudes of the employees. A Likert-type scale will be used for the survey.
!. Unionization improves job security of employees.
Strongly agree agree neutral disagree strongly disagree.
Management involvement with workers such as nurses, ward staff, and support staff increases positive attitudes towards workers and reduces the inclination for unionization. Management should hold regular meetings with the workers, address individual complaints relating to working conditions/supervisor conflicts, and show an understanding of the concerns of workers.
Management oriented consultants can help prevent unionization. There are several labor attorneys and consultancies that can be kept on retainer basis to help prevent unionization of the not-for-profit hospital. These consultants collect information about union forming activities by conducting intelligence operations. These consultants and lawyers should be retained by the management so that they can use rules and regulations to control organizing drives. When required the laborers can petition the National Labor Relations Board to include other divisions or sections of employees in secret ballot elections. They can use legal means to delay the formation of a union.
The communication strategies that management can use to influence workers to avoid unionization are to have weekly meetings with different sections of employees where they are informed of the positive aspects of current employment. The employees are told how the company has their welfare at its heart. The management showcases the wages, benefits, and working conditions. If the not-for-profit hospital is paying fair wages, good benefits, and has good working conditions, the communication of its strong points can dissuade workers from forming a union. The communication by management should convey that it cares for workers and their concerns.

1. Unions are successful in appealing to ...

Solution Summary

The answer to this problem explains issues related to unionization. The references related to the answer are also included.