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How relevant are unions in America today?

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How relevant are unions in America today?

Labor unionism in the United States seems a bit unable to arrest labor decline. Its relevance to workers is waning.

Plumer (2012) noted that since the 1960s, organized labor in the United States has been steadily decaying. A half-century ago, 30 percent of American workers were members in a union. By last year, that had shriveled to 11.8 percent.

Greenhouse (2005) sounded the alarm as early as 2005 when he recognized that reversing labor's decline is a tall order.
He said that to increase the percentage of the work force that is unionized would require unions to recruit one million new members a year, more than twice the current rate of recruitment. Meanwhile, companies have grown far more sophisticated, and aggressive, in beating back unionization attempts.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012) documented that the unemployment rate edged down to 7.7 percent in November 2012. Despite of this change, the number of unemployed persons, at 12.0 million, changed little.

The Las Vegas Sun (2012) noted that for labor, reasserting relevance is crucial. The country's unionization rate slid to 12.3 percent last year.
It also noted that for the first time, a majority of American union members are government workers rather than private-sector employees. Just 7.2 percent of private-sector workers are in unions, the lowest percentage since 1900.
The Las Vegas Sun (2012) concluded that private-sector union membership fell precipitously last year to 7.4 million from 8.2 ...

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This solution will show that labor unionism in the United States seems a bit unable to arrest labor decline. Its relevance to workers is waning. But despite of this, unions fight for higher standards for workers, businesses, families, the environment, and public health and safety and have helped to build the middle class and make sure the economy works for everyone.

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In response to the changing economy and to patient access from the suburban areas to the city, Happy Trails has taken some measures to compete, become more attractive, and build on its long-term care for patients in the surrounding areas. It has reduced overtime allotments of its seasoned patient care staff, and has terminated several registered nurses. Registered nurses were replaced by licensed practical nurses (LPNs) who receive lower compensation and fewer benefits.

The health care facilities in the city have unionized and are well represented by an experienced union business agent. The union has recently negotiated superior wages and benefits at the independent living homes in the city.

The union representing the other facilities has gotten the attention of the Happy Trails LPNs, who are unhappy with their benefits. You are a member of a consulting firm. You are responsible for representing these LPNs and advising them regarding the following questions.

Happy Trails' management team could engage in any number of activities
during the unionization. Which of the following would you advise? Why or why

? Actively promote LPNs, offer bonuses, and place some into leadership and management roles.
? Tell employees salary increases will cease to finance the collective bargaining agreement.
? Explain current employee benefits to the LPNs and compare them to the union promises.
? Threaten to close the facility because of the union campaign.
? Assist in the circulation of anti union petitions.
? Counter union-exaggerated claims on flyers.
? Tell employees they do not need to talk to union organizers, that they can vote against the union, and that the independent living home does not welcome the union.
? Solicit employees to request the return of their authorization cards.
? Tell employees they will be replaced if they vote for the union.
? Appeal to the employees to defeat the union.

o Include a description of the specific labor laws that cause you to include as you have on the forgoing, and why.
? Fully discuss your responses to each of the foregoing, and include applicable references

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