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Role of a supervisor in labor negotiations

Supervisors are often confused as to how they should behave during a union organizing campaign. Identify five actions a supervisor should take and three actions the supervisor should avoid.

Why is it important for senior administrators to communicate frequently with supervisors before and during the negotiation of a labor agreement?
What matters do labor agreements typically cover?

It is not in the interest of successful contract administration for supervisors to try to "beat the contract." Why is this the case?
The supervisor is likely to have trouble administering two broad areas of the labor agreement. What are they?

The supervisor's job is to maintain discipline and he or she should take action without discussing it with the union's representative. If union member affected by the action or the steward disagrees with the supervisor's action, what recourse do they have?

When is an outside arbitrator typically involved in settling a grievance?
Why is it the supervisor's primary function to dispose of all grievances at the first step of the grievance procedure?

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The role of a supervisor

I - Supervisors are often confused as to how they should behave during a union organizing campaign. Identify five actions a supervisor should take and three actions the supervisor should avoid.

Actions a supervisor should take:

1. Address mutual concerns

2. Focus on issues not past conflicts

3. Explore interests of joint concern

4. Remain open- minded to possibilities

5. Define solutions acceptable to both parties

6. Discuss current employee benefits, and compare those at other area companies.

Actions the supervisor should avoid:

1. Do not ask employees or applicants for employment why, or if they are for or against a labor union.

2. Do not ask employees how they are going to vote in the election, if they are going to vote, or whether or to they signed union cards.

3. Don't ask employees if they or another employee attended a union meeting.

4. Do not ask employees to spy on each other concerning their union activities.

5. Do not drive past an area in which you know or believe that a union meeting is being held in order to observe what is going on.

6. Do not promise employees any new benefits or wage increases should they vote against the union.

II - Why is it important for senior administrators to communicate frequently with supervisors before and during the negotiation of a labor agreement?

It is important for senior ...

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The role of a supervisor in labor negotiations are examined.

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