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1Steps to Improve Labor RelationsRussell PeakColorado State University GlobalHRM515: Legal and Human Resource Dimensions of Business ManagementDr. Donnell AdamsJanuary 31, 2021
2Steps to Improve Labor RelationsAccording to Huang and Lin (2019), the purpose of a labor unions is to represent itsmembers and bargain on their behalf not only for better wages and benefits, but also to advocatefor better working environment and job security. Pohler and Luchak (2015) state that laborunions are commonly associated with inflated wages, reduced employee growth, and higherproduction costs. These higher costs of equity often lead to lower operational flexibilities (Huang& Lin, 2019). On the other hand, unions give workers an opportunity to be heard and provide away to resolve employer-employee disputes, thus contributing to the satisfaction and retention ofthe organization’s workforce (Pohler & Luchak, 2015). When employees are satisfied andemployment conditions are ideal, productivity will increase (Huang & Lin, 2019). These benefitsmake it worthwhile for human resource (HR) professionals to make efforts to foster a positiverelationship with the union that represents the employees of their organization.The purpose of this essay is to assess the nature and scope of today's labor union, itsmembers, and the role unions play in today's industrial landscape. A five-point plan will then bepresented for HR professionals to establish and maintain a positive, conducive, and mutuallyrewarding relationship between their organization and its associated labor unions. Solutions toovercome impediments to this relationship are also addressed.Nature and Scope of Today's Union and its MembersSince the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) was passed in 1935, unions have beenaround to protect the rights of employees, ensure safe work environments, and to negotiate onbehalf of employees (de la Morreaux, 2016). According to Sandroff (2021), union membershipwas originally limited to native-born White Protestant males. Some Irish and Italian immigrants
3were reluctantly accepted, but Women and Black workers were usually excluded completely(Sandroff, 2021). Since that time, unions have become much more inclusive.U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS] (2021), states that 1983 is as far back as union datagoes from which to compare statistics. At the time, there were 17.7 million worker who hadaligned themselves with a labor union. That number of union members has dwindled greatly.Today, out of the 132 million workers employed in the US, labor union memberships totalroughly 14.3 million (Sandroff, 2021). Although unions now accept women into their fold, menstill have a higher membership count at nine to one. Black workers now outnumber White,Asian, or Hispanic workers as members of unions (BLS, 2021). Union members belong to a widerange of ages. The highest rates of union membership belong to workers ages 45 to 64 (BLS,2021). Recently, new members are overwhelmingly 35 or younger (Gallant, 2019).

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