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Union Labor and Contract Relations

A response which examines the following:

a.Defines unions and labor relations and their impact on organizations.
b.Examines the impact of changes in employee relations strategies, policies, and practices on organizational performance.
c.Answers the question "Are unions still relevant in the United States?"

And touches on the campaign, the election, contract negotiations, grievance handling, arbitrations, labor relations, and strikes. Use at least four references from the reading assignment, Internet articles.

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Unions, Labor Relations and Contract Negotiations
Unions were implemented to incorporate rules and regulations to business practicing "slave" labor tactics. In the early 1900s, workers consisted of young children, women and men. Young children were forced to work long hours to help the family financially. "There is work that profits children, and there is work that brings profit only to employers. The object of employing children is not to train them, but to get high profits from their work." (Hine 1908) In 1911, a fire at a Manhattan shirt factory killed 146 young girls and women. (Herbert 1994) The country was enraged and the situation brought more attention to the implementation of labor unions.

Even though the first labor unions in the nation were formed in the late 1800s, the country was still young and ways of communication were not readily at hand. In 1911, communication of such news was done through newsreels. These newsreels informed the nation of the tyranny of sweatshops and the nation wanted reform.

Prior to any labor regulations, the average workweek was 53 hours, which is significant compared to today's 40 hour workweek. (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2003)

Impact on Organizations
The impact on organizations is vast. Organizations must adhere to strict labor laws. A violation of any labor law can result in penalties and fines. When companies have unionized employees, the companies must adhere to the terms of the union contract as well as the labor laws of the state where the business is located.

When unionized employees want concessions, the union leaders meet with the organization's leaders. If the organization's ...

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