Select an organization that is associated with labor relations and the public sector. Research that organization and prepare a one-page, single-sided flyer which provides details about the organization. Include each of the following in your flyer about the labor relations organization:
- The purpose of the organization
- Description of one major accomplishment or program initiated by the organization
- Description of how the organization impacts the role of a public administrator
Consider one of the following organizations:
- American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
- National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
- Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA)
- American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
- American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
- World Federation of Personnel Management Associations (WFPMA)
- United States Postal Service (USPS)
- An organization of your choice
The attached solution is meant as a guide for the questions posed above. It is not intended as an assignment completion.
What is the USPS?
The United States Postal Service is an independent agency of the U.S. government responsible for delivering mail and packages throughout the country. It is one of the few agencies authorized by the U.S. Constitution and is required to provide services to all Americans at the same fee for service. The agency continues to expand services and products to U.S. citizens as it continues to provide mail services for letters and packages of all sizes.
What has USPS accomplished? ...
The labor relations flyers are examined. The purpose of the organization and the major accomplishment are determined.
Labor Relations - Happy Trails
The organization is a medium-sized independent living home, Happy Trails, LLC. It is a for-profit facility located in a suburban environment. Due to traffic and road congestion, this eldercare facility is the most convenient independent living home near the city. Independent living homes in the city offer many of the same services as Happy Trails, but are more expensive. There are also a number of hospitals that the elderly may go to for acute health care issues.
In a response to the changing economy and patient access from the suburban areas to the city, Happy Trails has taken some measures to compete and become more attractive, and build on its long-term care for patients in the surrounding areas. It has reduced overtime allotments of its seasoned patient care staff, and has terminated several registered nurses. As the registered nurses have left Happy Trails, they were replaced by Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), who receive lower compensation and fewer benefits.
The health care facilities in the city have been unionized and are well represented by an experienced union business agent. The union has recently negotiated superior wages and benefits at the independent living homes in the city.
In terms of the health care professionals employed there, Happy Trails is not so happy now because the union representing the other facilities has gotten the attention of the Happy Trails LPNs.
Happy Trails' management team could engage in any number of activities during the unionization. Which of the following would you advise? Why or why not?
1) Actively promote LPNs, offer bonuses, and place some into leadership and management roles.
2) Tell employees salary increases will cease in order to finance the collective bargaining agreement.
3) Explain current employee benefits to the LPNs, comparing them to the union promises.
4) Threaten to close the facility due to the union campaign.
5) Assist in the circulation of anti-union petitions.
6) Counter union exaggerated claims on flyers.
7) Tell employees they do not need to talk to union organizers, that they can vote against the union, and that the independent living home does not welcome the union.
8) Solicit employees to request the return of their authorization cards.
9) Tell employees they will be replaced if they vote for the union.
10) Appeal to the employees to defeat the union.