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This assignment takes a look at some of the major laws in the employer-union relationship, including the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Labor Management Relations Act, and the Railway Labor Act.
A good place to start is by looking over the National Labor Relations Board website,

After you have reviewed the purpose, coverage and requirements of each act, discuss the following:
Discuss the labor law or laws that have the most impact on a unionized workplace in the U.S.
Do any of these laws impact the union-free workplace? Discuss.
Are the current federal laws pro-labor or pro-business? Provide specific examples.
The number of employees belonging to unions in the U.S. is dropping. Why is this?
Analyze our government's role in the success or lack of success of labor union's power. Back up your opinion with research.

If a currently unionized employer has set a goal to achieve union-free status in three years, what action steps will be needed to achieve this result?
As an HRM professional, what would you recommend?

Assignment Expectations:
Your paper should demonstrate critical thinking and analysis of the relevant issues and HRM actions, drawing upon your background reading and research.

Bring in other private-sector employers' HRM activities, systems, practices and procedures as examples that fit into your assignment discussion.

Complement your Internet searching with library searches and be sure to bring in information from the background readings. Evaluate resources and select only library/web-based resources that provide reliable, substantiated information.
Give authors credit for their work. Cite sources of borrowed information in the body of your text as footnotes, numbered end notes or APA style of referencing.

Prepare a paper that is professionally presented (including a cover page, a "List of References," headings/subheadings, and a strong introduction and conclusion). Proofread carefully for grammar, spelling and word-usage errors.

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Discuss the labor law or laws that have the most impact on a unionized workplace in the U.S. Do any of these laws impact the union-free workplace? Discuss.

The National Labor Relations Act or the Wagner Act has had a huge impact on the unionized workplace in the US. The act gives private sector workers the right to choose whether they wish to join a union. The Wagner Act sets up the NLRB or the National Labor Relations Board which can hold elections. It is illegal for employers to discriminate against any employee because she is a member of a union or carries out any legal activity related to unions. This was clearly a pro-union law. However, there were some restrictions placed by the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947. This law changed the NLRB election procedures and added some restrictions on unions. The act disallowed secondary boycotts, jurisdictional strikes, and allows states to pass "right to work laws". The Taft-Hartley Act allows the federal courts to enforce collective bargaining agreements.

The other law that has an effect on the unionized workplace is the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959. This law regulates the internal affairs of private sector unions and lays down minimum standards for unions' internal disciplinary proceedings, federal oversight for unions' elections of their own officers and fiduciary standards for union officers' use of union funds. On the other hand the Federal Labor Relations Act gives more limited rights for employees of the federal government. Usually the Federal law does not provide employees of the state and local government with the right to organize or engage in union activities but the US Constitution guarantees them the right to freedom of speech and freedom of association.

The railway employee and the airline employees are covered by the Railway Labor Act 1926. This act creates a new structure for resolving labor disputes so that indirect government ...

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