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Labour Management and Relations

Purpose of Labor Unions

Why are labor unions formed; what is their purpose; and why has membership seen a decline in recent years?

Recruitment Selection and Placement

Please provide a solution that will compare and contrast the different career mobility paths that exist in organizations with a focus on innovative career paths such as; the Parallel Career Path, the Lattice Mobility Career Path, and the Lateral Track Career Path.

U.S. Labor Law: Legal, Safety, and Regulatory Requirements in HR

What is the effect of legal, safety, and regulatory requirements on the human resource process as they relate to the following statement: - Common sense and compassion in the workplace has been replaced by litigation. - Explain why you agree or disagree with the above statement. - Focus on employee-related regulations esta

Customs Union

Please give an example of why the formation of a Customs Union cannot be justified on purely economic grounds.

Employment Law - Labor Practices, Health and Safety

- Analyze and discuss the effectiveness of OSHA regulations on protecting the well-being of workers and make at least one recommendation for improvement. Explain your rationale. - Discuss the responsibility of individual workers to assess their own health risks, and the extent to which this responsibility might offset the res

Why has there been a drop in union membership in the United States? Why do you believe the percentage of the workforce that is unionized in the United States has dropped from almost 50% to less than 13%? Discuss the reasons that this drop has occurred, and speculate whether the trend may continue or reverse in the future. Be sure to support your analysis with appropriate research

Why has there been a drop in union membership in the United States? Why do you believe the percentage of the workforce that is unionized in the United States has dropped from almost 50% to less than 13%? Discuss the reasons that this drop has occurred, and speculate whether the trend may continue or reverse in the future. Be sur

Union Integrity: Hoffa (Movie)

Please help answer the following questions. What should Hoffa, in the 1992 movie, have done to maintain the integrity and reputation of the unions he represented?

United States Union Security Provisions Review

Review the different union security provisions that involve union membership as a condition of employment. What are their basic differences? What have state and federal law said about these arrangements?

How do organizations respond to a claim of discrimination from a regulatory agency, such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, or a state or local agency?

How do organizations respond to a claim of discrimination from a regulatory agency, such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, or a state or local agency? Select a business or government agency with which you are familiar - it could be your employer or another organization. Alter

The U.S. Economy and Union Membership

Throughout history the state of the economy has played a significant role in union membership in the early twentieth century, the percent of membership was at a high due to the boom of the manufacturing and transportation industry. As the economy began to shift in the 50's from manufacturing to service industries union membershi

Quantitative Methods and Analysis

Provide an overview of the database, that is, a story about the characteristics that may include types of variables, etc. Be sure to include information about where statistics are being used in the workplace. Explain the value of statistics and its contribution to the success of an organization. Then, discuss: What is the

The Dahlia Medical Center has 30 labor rooms

The Dahlia Medical Center has 30 labor rooms, 15 combination labor and delivery rooms, 3 delivery rooms, and 1 special delivery room reserved for complicated births. All of these facilities operate around the clock. Time spent in labor rooms varies from hours to days, with an average of about a day. The average uncomplicated del

Textile Express Company Calculating Labor and Overhead Variances

Calculating Labor and Overhead Variances At the start of 2012, Textile Express Company determined its standard labor cost to be 2.5 hours per unit at $33.90 per hour. The budget for variable overhead was $9 per unit, and budgeted fixed overhead was $15,000 for the year. Expected annual production was 5,000 units. During 2012,

Krause Corporation Steve Rothel was supply manager for the Midwest division of the Krause Corporation. Shortly before his company was to install an exhaust system in a new construction project, Steve was asked to compare fabricating the pipe with buying the pipe from an outside source. Krause Corporation, a mechanical and sheet metal contractor, was founded over 50 years ago. Although it had a number of branches in the United States, the majority of its metal fabrication work was performed in its Midwest facility. The company mission stressed quality workmanship, competitive pricing, and timely performance. A Laboratory Exhaust System Krause recently was awarded the bid to provide the HVAC system in a corporate headquarters building that housed a research laboratory. This was a complex project with many nonstandard features due to the specialized use of the building. The system included a need for over 6,500 feet of 10-inch diameter, 16-gauge stainless steel pipe. This piping would be used for the venting of the laboratory exhaust. When the cost estimation department at Krause prepared the original bid, they had planned to fabricate this pipe at their Midwest facility. A Request for Cost Reduction As the project got under way the vice president of sheet metal fabrication asked Steve Rothel "if it would be possible to provide the stainless steel pipe at a lower cost than the original estimate." Steve knew, of course, that any reduction in cost must not come at a sacrifice of quality. Because of toxins that would be present in the laboratory exhaust, it was critical that this system be absolutely leak proof. Every pipe run would be individually tested to insure integrity If leaks were uncovered in the welds, it would require a time-consuming effort to reweld the joints on site. Steve realized that there were two approaches to providing the pipe. Krause could proceed as planned and fabricate the pipe in-house, using the lowest-cost, acceptable quality steel available on the market. The second possibility would be to find a supplier who could provide the pipe already formed at a better cost. The Purchase Option Steve first explored the purchase option. He did a thorough search of the market, and found that most suppliers were asking from 23 to 28 dollars per linear foot (delivered) for 10-inch-diameter,16-gauge stainless steel pipe. He was pleasantly surprised, however, to find a supplier who would provide the pipe for $18.10 per linear foot. This supplier provided the pipe in 20-foot sections and guaranteed the pipe to be sound (no leaks). In addition, their pipe was "perfectly" true (round), a trait that Krause's current equipment could not always provide. This feature would reduce the time needed to make connections between sections of pipe and reduce the likelihood of a bad weld joint. Although this option sounded very attractive, Steve, a veteran in the supply management area with almost 14 years of experience, knew he couldn't rely on first impressions to make important management decisions. He would have to subject his options to a thorough analysis to ensure a wise decision. The Make Option Steve had access to the data necessary for manufacturing cost estimating. He knew that the process of making pipe required two steps. First, a flat sheet of steel is formed into a cylinder through the process of "rolling." Then the seam is joined in a welding process. For a 10-inchdiameter pipe of 16-gauge steel, it takes about six minutes per piece to roll, including loading and unloading the part. The equipment Krause had available for this process could roll lengths up to eight feet. The welding process was estimated to take ten minutes for an eight-foot section. The figure the company used for cost estimating purposes for hourly labor rate was $32.60 per hour. An overhead charge of 40 percent was added to the variable costs. Stainless steel sheets were available in 36-inch, 48-inch, and 60-inch widths at any length up to 10 feet, with the best price being $1.80 per pound. A square foot of 16-gauge steel weighs two and one-half pounds. The welding process required welding wire and welding gas. Welding wire cost around $5.20 per pound and .03 pounds were needed per foot of weld. Welding gas cost around 25 cents per eight-foot seam. Many of the lengths of pipe needed in the project were longer than eight feet. Thus, Steve thought it necessary to include the cost of an extra joint (which, for example, would make two eight-foot lengths into one sixteen-foot length) in the "make in-house" alternative. Such a joint required welding around the diameter of the pipe, a process that, with setup, would take around 18 minutes per joint. Steve wondered which option would be best. 1. Should Steve recommend buying the pipe or making it?

Steve Rothel was supply manager for the Midwest division of the Krause Corporation. Shortly before his company was to install an exhaust system in a new construction project, Steve was asked to compare fabricating the pipe with buying the pipe from an outside source. Krause Corporation, a mechanical and sheet metal contractor

No deal!" said the union.

"No deal!" said the union. "The current method of evaluating government employees at this agency is terrible, and if a change doesn't occur, we'll be in court seeking damages." In 2004, a government agency approved and initiated an ambitious project, part of which was to develop an updated, automated evaluation system for the

Calculations of Materials & Labor Variances

Prado Corporation manufactures and sells a single product. The company uses a standard cost system. The standard cost per unit of product follows: Materials - 1 lb plastic@$3.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 3.00 Direct labor- 1.6 hr@$10.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Human Resources

What is the current growth in union membership? What is the organizing process for a labor union to enter a nonunion company?

Union relationships with management

Write a short essay on how the predictors of union participation suggest that union leaders will likely be involved in an adversarial relationship with management. Explain why they believe this. Provide an site that can be referenced for more information.

Labor relations

Not all forms of strikes are protected by the NLRA. What types are protected? Unprotected? Does this make sense, or should all types of strikes be treated equally?- Economic strikes, unfair labor strikes, Recognition strikes, Sympathy strikes are a maybe and Wildcat strikes are occasionally. These are the ones that are protec

Labor Relations

What factors are contributing to the decline of union membership? Discuss.