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The Need for Unions 1 Running Head: THE NEED FOR UNIONS. The Need for Unions in Government and Corporations. Jeremy Doncouse MGMT308 Instructor: Jason Cade June 14, 2009
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The Need for Unions 2 Abstract Because there are relatively few powerful manufacturers who control the labor market there is a struggle over wages, benefits, and rights in the workplace. Unions attempt to level the playing field by allowing workers, who would otherwise be powerless, to band together and use collective bargaining, strikes, and contracts to get their share of equal rights and fair treatment. The debate between whether unions are beneficial to firms or just to themselves is as old as the concept of unionization. Union members enjoy higher wages, greater benefits, and the ability to collectively bargain with firms to gain the best of working conditions. We know that union members are generally more skilled and experience fewer turnover instances than their nonunion counterparts. We know that union members enjoy safer and healthier work environments. But do these perks come at the expense of productivity or do happier workers work harder? These questions, as well as those concerning the practical and ethical uses of unions, will be discussed.
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The Need for Unions 3 The Need for Unions in Government and Corporations. While unions are often shunned in the marketplace today, they are a necessary evil in both government and corporations due to the jaded history between workers and firms. Workers needed to band together to protect themselves from abuse. Although unions have their drawbacks their colorful history paved the way for the more agreeable labor laws and working conditions which we now enjoy. To fully understand the need for unions in government and corporations we must first explore its initial necessity, its history and development, and finally the effects of unionization on productivity. Prior to the labor movement workers experienced poor working conditions, long hours, and low wages. The American labor movements began in 1778 when New York journeyman won a wage increase through collective action. A few years latter unionization had its first set- back as the conspiracy doctrine was established which punished a union if its activities were called illegal by the courts. Almost 100 years latter that law was lessened when Boston Journeyman Bootmaker’s Society was allowed to strike due to low wage rates of nonunion members. Before the Civil War America didn’t know what to do with unions yet the workingmen’s party helped to elect President Andrew Jackson. Unions did have some success following President Jackson’s election in the form of decreased work days to 10 hours and wage increases. Soon after the 1830s poor economic condition threatened union membership. Union organizations such as the National Labor Union (NLU), the Knights of Labor, The
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