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1 Unions and the Modern Workplace Unions and the Modern Workplace Haley Baker HIS 220 Robert Jackson 9/13/19
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2 Unions and the Modern Workplace Before the Civil War, there were very few efforts to create an organized labor movement on any large scale. The idea of organized labor wasn’t largely understood because the majority of workers in the country worked independently in rural settings (Labor vs. Management, n.d., p.24). In 1947 North Carolina became a right-to-work state. North Carolina is also an employment at will state, which means a lot for governmental employers. “Employment at will is the basic rule of the relationship between employer and employee in North Carolina. Under it, any employer, private or governmental, is free to decide among all job applicants which one to hire and to reject all others, for any reason that suits the employer. Similarly, the employer is free to decide at any time to dismiss any employee already working for the employer, for any reason or for no reason at all (except for a handful of reasons made unlawful under federal law, such as race, sex, or age discrimination). The employer is free to demote, suspend, or transfer the employee and to raise or lower his or her pay. On the other side of the coin, an applicant is perfectly free to decline an offer of employment, and an employee is free simply to walk off the job. In essence, the employment relationship lasts only so long as both the employer and the employee desire it. If either loses the will, the relationship is terminated” (Joyce, 2013).
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