BM Paper 1 (Assn. 2)

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Joe Lipsey III Joe Lipsey III 2/16/2011 Business of Music (PAT 472) Dr. Mary Simoni An Examination of Labor Unions through their History and Current Status as Resourceful Organizations Since the 1800’s workers in many different fields have been coming together in order to have a stronger voice when striving for a change of some sort as it pertains to their jobs. Essentially from the very beginning these groups have grown to become known as labor unions. Over the years these unions have grown much more sophisticated and organized, going from mere rioting and striking to full blown Federations providing several resources for their employees. Unions have not had the smoothest journey as a result of the conflict of opinions and rules employers have had and employees desired; whether the changes were right or wrong. We will find that labor unions are a permanent piece of the workforce through the definition of what a labor union is, the history of performing arts unions, and the positive and negative effects they have for members and those they do business with. There are a many ways to describe what a labor union is. In simple terms it can be described as a group of employees that petition for common rights and working conditions from their employers; those who have the power to change those conditions. Technically, from the definition alone one may say any group of people whom at anytime come together to petition for the same thing can be considered a union. The difference in what are considered unions opposed to just a group of employees is the legitimacy of the group in that it is an actual organization. In order to get the attention of your employer and get certain working conditions changed you, given the change effects the mass of the employees, you must have enough backing or support to persuade the employers to make such changes. Given your union was successful in getting the changes desired, it takes the union to stand together after this as well in an effort to maintain the changes and improve on them if needed. This is why an effective union is a well-run organization of workers who are continuously appealing on behalf of its workers to change certain working conditions if necessary. Not only working changes, however, but the changing of benefits whether on the job or insurance related, working wages, and even as simple as common interest of the members of the union as it pertains to the job. Members of a given union are provided with mediators representing the union to speak to the corporate side of their employment, on their behalf, regarding any changes to be made. This way issues are handled in a timely fashion and in a more professional manner. So as the definition of what a labor union is was explained above, the reason as to why
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2012 for the course SM 472 taught by Professor Marysimoni during the Winter '11 term at University of Michigan.

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