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First of all, to further understand the situation at hand we need to understand what a union actually is. Then we also need to understand why they are needed or not needed as the topic is rather controversial in nature. Once a thorough understanding of this part of the topic is made then the rest of the discussion board post questions can be answered. As our text for this class states, “A union is a formal association of workers that promotes the interest of its members through collective action” (Mathis pg. 612). The concept of unionization came around in the late 1700’s as a way to help employee’s gain better pay and working conditions by legally forcing employers to comply with their interests. On the surface unionization may sound like a good concept whereby employees are given higher wages and better/safer working conditions via collective negotiations between their representatives and the politicians that they support. This type of behavior drastically influences the various labor laws that our federal and state governments have passed over the years. However, many people don’t see unions as a good thing. “In their economic function, unions resemble a cartel where the goal is to set a uniform

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