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Disciplinary Procedures: Dynamics Within a Unionized Labor Force

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Some believe that the ability of management to discipline employees is severely compromised by the presence of a union. However, others believe the disciplinary procedures in a typical labor agreement contain as many potential advantages for management as for unions and workers.

- Assess the impact of the disciplinary procedures in a typical labor agreement on both management and unions and workers.
- Propose one modification to the typical labor agreement that would maintain the fairness of employee relations yet simplify and expedite the disciplining of an employee whose performance does not meet the expectations for the position.

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The majority of collective bargaining agreements (CBA) have an article related to discipline. There are usually specifications on how an infraction and/or behavior problem will be investigated, including notification periods from management to the union of an issue with one of its members, along with "steps" within a disciplinary process. Also, it is not uncommon for a CBA to have provisions on when disciplinary items become obsolete, and are essentially ...

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This solution is about 300 words and thoroughly addresses the common disciplinary procedures outlined in most union contracts. The solution explains how some of these procedures benefit the union, or management - and in some scenarios, both parties. There is also a recommendation to modify one common union contract element, in order to provide fairness.

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