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Current and future trends in labor relations

1. Describe the current labor relations environment. What are the future trends in labor relations?

2. Explain today's public sector labor relations. Identify how collective bargaining applies.

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Describe the current labor relations environment. What are the future trends in labor relations?

Today most labor unions in the United States are members of one of two larger umbrella organizations: the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the Change to Win Federation.
Recently unions have become a larger issue within the 2008 "Economic Crisis" with the three largest automakers seeking $50 billion in loans in order to stay viable.

Some argue that U.S. automakers feel that they are at a disadvantage compared to foreign companies due to high cost of pension and health plans and extensive concessions.

Private sector union members are regulated by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), passed in 1935. The law is overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), an independent federal agency. Public sector unions are regulated partly by federal and partly by state laws. In general they have shown robust growth rates, for wages and working conditions are set through negotiations with elected local and state officials. The unions' political power thus comes into play, and of course the local government cannot threaten to move elsewhere, nor is there any threat from foreign competition.

Public sector worker unions are governed by labor laws and labor boards in each of the 50 states. Northern states typically model their laws and boards after the NLRA and the NLRB. In other states, public workers have no right to establish a union as a legal entity. (About 40% of public employees in the USA do not have the right to organize a legally established union.)

Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, "Labor Unions in the United States", 4/23/11.

Future Trends in labor relations
? Current workplace relations are centered on the fact that every worker is a resource. Consequently, if their needs are met adequately, ...

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This solution discusses the current labor relations environment and the future trends in labor relations. There are also discussions about public sector labor relations and how how collective bargaining is done.