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Union and Management Responsibilities-Collective Bargaining

Unions have played an important role in the history of management/labor relations. Research the laws regarding the role of management and unions, and respond to the following in discussion:

What are the responsibilities of the union and management in collective bargaining?
Research a national labor organization.
Explain its history, who the union represents, and key components of its approach to negotiating with management.
Do you think this union has done a good job of fulfilling its mission or purpose? Why or why not?
Provide some examples to support your conclusions.

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What are the responsibilities of the union and management in collective bargaining?

Union organization is the ability of workers to form together in a group and collectively argue about issues they have with their employer. It is a system that was established in the United States in the 1800's and has seen growth in spurts through the 19th and 20th century. The key attraction of a Union to an individual worker is the feeling of protection and the feeling of being part of something bigger than themselves. To collectively bargain, employees must give their individuality away and be a representative amongst the masses with all their Union brothers. Sometimes this comes at a steep price as many employers are very hostile against Unions and the attempt to organize Unions (Wilson, 2011).

Labor relations are the means by which Unions negotiate with companies to establish labor contracts that are binding for a specific amount of time. Keys to these contracts are wages, benefits, worker conditions, schedules, overtime policies, and many other desires of the employees. The use of these relations is an attempt to ensure a fair and equitable work environment for the unionized employees, greater than that of a Non-Union employee. It is these labor contracts that give the Union employees the right to argue through the grievance process about their perceived injustices in the workplace (Bain, 2005).

The effects of Unions and their labor contracts on companies can have both positive and ...

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Labor relations are the means by which Unions negotiate with companies to establish labor contracts that are binding for a specific amount of time. Keys to these contracts are wages, benefits, worker conditions, schedules, overtime policies, and many other desires of the employees. The use of these relations is an attempt to ensure a fair and equitable work environment for the unionized employees, greater than that of a Non-Union employee. It is these labor contracts that give the Union employees the right to argue through the grievance process about their perceived injustices in the workplace (Bain, 2005).

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