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Employer's Effect on Unions - Support and Abolishment

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The case discusses the difference between an employer's support of and abolishment of a union. If an employer is supportive of unions, they will view the relationship as a partnership. The employer may offer the use of office equipment and/or meeting space for union activity. In contrast, as an attempt to abolish a union, the employer will attempt to gain control of activity by targeting the Officers and encouraging the employer's perspectives with members; rather than what is viewed as best for the union. This is an employer's attempt to essentially have spies within the union, who report back to the employer on what is being well-received by the union members and what is not working.

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Employer support of a union is permitting employees to communicate about wages, hours and working conditions. Such support may be in the form of allowing a "Union Board" in the work space for members to see announcements of meetings and/or information pertinent to their group. Other employers allow the use of organizational email systems and other office equipment, such as a copier or fax machine. If a question comes up related to any items within the union's ...

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In about 300 words, this solution addresses the actions an employer engages in to support, or attempt to abolish, unions within the workplace. To support union activity, an employer may permit members to utilize work space for meetings and to use office equipment, such as the copier, for union publications. As a means to abolish a union, the employer may support certain workers to be voted in as Officers of the union; who are really "pro-employer" versus supportive of the union.

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