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- Identify three key historical events that have shaped the current (since 2000) labor-management landscape.
- Describe the potential effects upon union cooperation if management shares information openly.
- Link basic competitive strategies to the HR functions and explain how they support HR.
- Speculate about issues that can be expected to become increasingly important for HR departments in the future and the challenges that HR professionals will face as a result.

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- Identify three key historical events that have shaped the current (since 2000) labor-management landscape.

Three key historical events that have shaped the current labor-management landscape are:

The Apple Foxconn scandal (2010) involved the exploitation of overseas (Chinese) workers by foreign companies by forcing them to do overtime or underpaying them. According to the report, Apple contracted the majority of workers at Foxconn Technology Co Ltd and three workers died from a blast. In addition, labor rights groups said 18 workers killed themselves, or attempted to, as a result of labor conditions. Foxconn is the largest manufacturer in the world. The Foxconn scandal propelled the Chinese government to "step up guidance on companies' use of workers, supervise and push for improvements in working and living conditions and step up their concern for people" (Blanchard, 2012). This situation enraged rights activists, and the Fair Labor Association has been engaged to look into the situation. The reporter (Mike Daisey), who broke the story, later admitted to fabricating the story, however, it is still an important development in turning attention to fair labor practices around the world, particularly in our flat world.

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 is a federal statute signed into law in 2009 to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It stated that the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal pay lawsuit in regards to pay discrimination starts fresh with each new discriminatory paycheque. Lilly Ledbetter was an employee at Goodyear Tire & Rubber. The bill was widely supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, AFL-CIO, and womens' groups. This bill was the first Obama signed as president, stating, "this bill for my daughters, and all those who will come after us, because I want them to grow up in a nation that values their contributions" (Obama, 2009). It is important because it reasserts justice and fair pay for all workers.

The Wisconsin Act 10 (2011) involved Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's plan for public workers to give up nearly all ...

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This solution discusses three key historical events that have shaped the current (since 2000) labor-management landscape.
and describes the potential effects upon union cooperation if management shares information openly. It also links basic competitive strategies to the HR functions and explains how they support HR. In addition, it speculates about issues that can be expected to become increasingly important for HR departments in the future and the challenges that HR professionals will face as a result. APA references are included.

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