What is employee/labor relations? What is human resources’ (HR) role in maintaining effective working relationships with unions? How can HR develop proactive policies that reduce the likelihood of union organization?Employee and labor relations refer to the broad spectrum of dealings between managements and employees about employment conditions. More commonly, labor relations is known as the dealings between a workforce and management that is unionized, or will potentially become unionized. In industries that have large numbers of union workers, labor relations are crucial. In the 1930’s labor relations in the United States were affected by the National Labor Relations Act. This act gave workers the right to form unions and collectively bargain. The Taft-Harley Act has also greatly affected the labor relations, with the “closed shop” and introductions of “right-to-work” laws in many states. The affect of labor unions on labor relations has greatly decreased which reflects the increase of
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