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Employee Relations and Union Management

Management Negotiation

During negotiations, the union has made a proposal that overtime will be paid at time-and-a-half for a minimum of 2 hours whenever it is assigned. The current contract states that overtime is paid at time-and-a-half only for the time worked.

Negotiations have been proceeding smoothly with a give-and-take approach. The labor-management relationship does not have a history of strikes, but the company is seeing more pressure for productivity improvement and cost reductions from its clients, while the union is under pressure from its own members at the company to improve the management's respect for an individual's personal time and home life.

Ask Yourself: How does a cooperative union-management relationship affect the negotiations concerning this issue?

Questions for management:

- What is the overall effect and influence of this proposal on the company?
- What type of position must management take?
- What alternatives may be considered to counter this proposal?

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- What is the overall effect and influence of this proposal on the company?

Normally, unions have union leaders discuss with the shop steward who deals with the company management as to what the employees want. According to the negotiations, the union has made a proposal that overtime will be paid at time-and-a-half for a minimum of 2 hours whenever assigned. This actually gives the union employees extra cash by working extra over time but there are employees who do not want to do this. The company wants productivity but they also know the employees have families and want personal time. They don't always want to be working overtime.

The overall effect and influence of this proposal on the company is that the company would have to guarantee overtime and pay for it at a minimum of 2 hours and there may not be that much work needed at that time to allow 2 hours ...

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