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    Do labor unions have a role to play today? How important is this role?

    Is the role of labor unions changing or evolving over time? Will they "look different" and "act different" in the future.

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    Do labor unions have a role to play today? How important is this role?

    Labor unions function as legally recognized representatives of workers in numerous industries. Collective bargaining consists of negotiations between an employer and a group of employees so as to determine the wages, benefits, and working conditions and environments for their members. The result of collective bargaining procedures is a collective agreement. Employees are often represented in bargaining by a union or other labor organization. Collective bargaining is governed by federal and state statutory laws, administrative agency regulations, and judicial decisions. The labor unions' role is important because it gives the employee more power. The employees stand together collectively to negotiate terms of employment such as: benefits, job security, working conditions. The organization no longer has the ability to "do as it pleases" to the employee. ...

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