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Objectives of United States Labor Relations

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The case study question was: What are the basic premises of U.S. labor relations?

The textbook listed the premises as "The three objectives of efficiency, equity and voice provide the framework for labor relations" (Budd, Labor Relations, 3ed pg 12). This solution explains the dependency of each premise on the others, particularly when it comes to union negotiations. There is a "real world" example provided from a case involving Boeing.

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These three objectives are heavily intertwined; particularly within industries that are unionized. One of the most "newsworthy" employers impacted labor relations is Boeing. In 2011, after a politically charged and very public negotiation battle, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was able to help the two sides reach a four-year contract. Had the workers gone on ...

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There are three premises to labor negotiations: efficiency, equity and voice of the parties. Without all three, it can be difficult to arrive at a solution. This solution is over 200 words and includes a reference; utilizing union negotiations that occurred at the Boeing Company.