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Running head: LABOR RELATIONS PAPER 1 Labor Relations Paper Robert Miley University Of Phoenix Human resources management MGT/431 Jennie Wong November 17, 2010
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Labor Relations Paper In this paper on labor relations I will define unions and labor relations and their effect on organizations. I will also examine the effect of changes in employee relations strategies, policies, and practices on organizational performance. And end with an answer the following question: Are unions still relevant in the United States. The unions in America views seem to have been established in the last quarter of the Twentieth Century by Republican politicians, media reports, corporate executives. The view is that unions are bad for the economy, businesses, and employees. Unions have been blamed for the auto industry failure, the decline in the manufacturing industry, the need to outsource, poor product quality, and why consumer goods and services cost so much. Unions, however, although not all that bad, have been responsible for many employee rights and protections which they would not have received otherwise. Their role in history, business, and economy has been significant and, overall a good thing. Where we begin to understand the contributions of unions and their effects on business we must first determine what unions are and what their role has been in labor relations and in businesses itself. Labor unions are groups formed by laborers who share a certain characteristic, such as the industry the work in (Teamsters) or the type of work they do (Screen Actors Guild), and who agree that the union will act as their representative or agent in all matters dealing with employment between the laborers or employees and their respective employers. By forming unions individual employees are able to work together to bargain or negotiate with their employers to benefit all members of the union. The process of bargaining for mutually beneficial benefits or agreements, and the interactions between employees and their employers during that process and after that process, are what forms the basis of labor relations. Labor relations cover
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all aspects of a job and of being an employee and all negotiations, discussions, and interactions between employers and employees. With the above explanations it should be evident why employers and corporate
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