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Running head: THE FUTURE OF UNIONS 1The Future of UnionsStudent NameInstitution
THE FUTURE OF UNIONS 2ABSTRACTWorkers and employees are mistreated by their employers in the workplace through harassment, poor payment or poor working conditions. This is why they come together to form work groups so as to have a better chance to voice their challenges. This groups are known as labor unions. Unions come in different types and assist workers in different ways. This paper assesses the potential of modern Unions in supporting Worker Benefits in the future. Additionally, based on the information from existing literature, the study evaluated the relevance of unions to the economy. The results suggest that factors such as occupation of the members andconditions for joining a union determine the manner in which unions are formed, how they run toachieve their objectives and provide value to members. Moreover, industries in concern for the members and the issues faced by workers depending on their trade and whether or not unions work. This study shows that the unions are necessary and will still be for the future employees in the workforce.
THE FUTURE OF UNIONS 3IntroductionUnions have been in existence since the 19thcentury. A union can be defined as a group ofworkers that join to protect their interests and to give them more power during negotiations with their employers. These unions join workers together helping them achieve a common agenda thatrelates to their work which includes improved working conditions and increased wages among other benefits they offer. Different kinds of unions are created depending on the trade of the employees in concern.The Unions are formed under certain conditions and standards are set on requirements for one to be a member of the union. This way unions become effective in improving the benefits of the workers. The advantages that employees, businesses and industries have gained worldwide from the collective approach of solving work place challenges shows that trade unions will remain a necessary part in the economy. Types of UnionsThere are different types of labor or trade unions. They differ depending on the objectivesand standards set by the unions or the kind of membership they represent. The various types of unions identified in this research include Craft unions, professional unions, Industrial unions and public sector unions.The first type of union, Craft Unions are organizations, which represent workers that specialize in a specific occupation or group of professions that are closely related. Craft unions generally hold workers that are highly skilled, suitable examples of craft unions comprises the several skilled trades in the construction industry that include, carpenters, plumbers, electricians or even painters. They are usually common in occupations that do not require an employee to
THE FUTURE OF UNIONS 4work under one employer permanently as the service they offer is temporary and are rarely needed once they finish the job. Workers change from one employer to another often.