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Unions and the Collective Bargaining Process

Explain how unions are formed. Explain the collective bargaining process.
Describe what happens when collective bargaining breaks down. Describe a typical grievance procedure.

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1.How unions are formed.

The workplace is governed by the doctrine of "employment at will." In other words, management at any time and without any reason can terminate employees. There are some laws, which prohibit termination of employees for discriminatory reasons (gender, race, disability), but it is perfectly legal to terminate employees for no reason at any time. Thus, it is argued that unions, through collective action and collective bargaining, provide employees protections from the abuses just listed. Unions provide legal rights and a collective voice to the employees who form them. Unions help employees make things better for themselves and therefore their communities. Wages, benefits, working conditions, and productivity are certainly not the least of these. When these issues are problems for workers, they often consider forming a union. (http://www.speea.org/organizing/benefits.html).

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This solution explains how unions are formed and also explains the collective bargaining process. It also describes what happens when collective bargaining breaks down, and a typical grievance procedure. Supplemented with one article on how to unionize.