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Collective Bargaining/Unions - Advantages and Disadvantages

Please provide some information on unions from the employee's perspective.

- What are some advantages of a unionized organization?
- What are some disadvantages?

And the same from a management perspective.

- What are advantages and disadvantages?

Please provide and resources so i can further explore the subject
Thank you.

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Employee Advantages:

For employees, the biggest advantages they will gain from joining a union are typically higher wages, very generous benefit packages, and increased job protection. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unionized workers made on average $938 weekly, compared to $729 weekly by their peers in non-union environments (www.bls.gov). In addition, unionized employees often gain enhanced benefits that include generous vacation time, paid leave and holidays, employee paid health care, paid breaks, and guaranteed work schedules (Joseph, 2012).

Employee disadvantages:

Some of the major disadvantages often seen by union employment are; limited job flexibility among the workforce, strikes or lockouts, promotion by seniority not performance based, a loss of individuality, and high union dues.

Research shows that many employees who work in union based environments struggle with their inability to be recognized for their efforts based on being lower in seniority. Union's bargain collectively for "the group", not the individual, so, it's a majority wins environment (Hunter, 1999). This can often lead to many high ...

Solution Summary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unionized workers made on average $938 weekly, compared to $729 weekly by their peers in non-union environments (www.bls.gov). In addition, unionized employees often gain enhanced benefits that include generous vacation time, paid leave and holidays, employee paid health care, paid breaks, and guaranteed work schedules (Joseph, 2012).

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