Chapter 4 - Chapter 4: The External Environment and...

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Chapter 4: The External Environment and Bargaining Power Influences on the Industrial Relations Environment Environmental factors that influence which side has the most power in industrial relations, labor, or management o Economic environment o Political environment o Social and demographic environment The workforce has become older Increasing female workforce o Technological environment If some major technology product is released in the market it changes the way we bargain The Economic Environment: Influences on Bargaining Power Definition of “ bargaining power ”: The ability of one party to achieve its goals in bargaining in the presence of opposition by the other party The economic environment affects industrial relations by influencing who has the most bargaining power Union bargaining power comes from strike leverage: the ability of a strike to put economic pressure in the company Factors Increasing Union Strike Leverage Economic: Alternative sources of income: o Union strike funds o Loans from other unions Unions try to help each other out o Personal savings and family o Employees are also allowed to work during a strike at other jobs—danger
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