Organizing Case

Organizing Case - First National Bank Organizing Case 1 The...

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First National Bank Organizing Case 1. The union should have held its informational meeting prior to sending out its first letter with the accompanying authorization cards, not after. With no formal introduction or previous efforts to understand the workers issues, workers could have adopted the belief that the union simply wants to take control of the bank without even bearing in mind their concerns or issues about employment conditions. This would have caused a reduction in the amount of authorization cards that were signed. Although the informational meeting the union presented was very informative and very persuasive in regards to benefits the employees could receive, it would have been more effective if it was presented prior to the authorization cards being sent out. Shortly following the meeting the union could have then sent out a letter recapping the meeting for those who did and did not attend. The letter could have reassured workers that their pension and profit-sharing plans would not be jeopardized due to unionization and their lack of an employer-paid hospitalization- medical plan would no longer be tolerated. Another aspect the union could have handled differently was their time span between measures. Sometimes the union took entirely too long to proceed with the next course of action. Once a majority of the employees signed up with the union, the union should have then immediately filed a petition with the NLRB requesting a representation election, instead of waiting several weeks. This would have decreased the delay of the election and increased the potential for success. In midst of all the delays, the Union should have held regular meetings to reassure to the workers they are very much interested and still committed to them. Lastly, the union should have carefully considered the consequences of filing the Unfair Labor Practice charge, especially since it chose to withdraw the charge after it had been processed. This action resulted in unnecessary delays of the election date. However, all the other mechanisms the union used to rally employee support, such as having union supporters spread the message during work hours, seemed to be effective. 2. Foremost, if FNB had already had an employer-paid hospitalization-medical plan
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2008 for the course ILRCB 2050 taught by Professor Givanr during the Fall '06 term at Cornell.

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