Unit 4 Discussion a - Discussion Topic 1 Employee Privacy...

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Discussion Topic 1: Employee Privacy – You be the Judge This Discussion will assess how well you understand what employers may do in regards to unions. Begin by reading the facts of the case (NLRB v. Truitt Manufacturing Co.), then decide: Did the company refuse to bargain in good faith? Hello Professor and class: In the case of National Labor Relations Board V. Truitt Manufacturing Company a union representing workers at Truitt Manufacturing Company requested a raise of 10 cents per hour for all members. Truitt offered an additional 2.5 cents per hour and argued that a larger increase would bankrupt the company. According to the textbook, the NLRA permits the parties to bargain almost any subject they wish but requires them to bargain certain issues, espically containing wages. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) aims at encouraging resolution of disputes at work place through collective bargaining so that the employees can peacefully resort their differences with the employer and seek justice as well as their rights. In my opinion, I think that Truitt was in the right in not allowing the members inspect the company’s books. Chris Burchfield References: Beatty, J. F., Samuelson, S. S., & Bredeson, D. A. (2013). Introduction to Business Law (4th ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning. The company refused to bargain in bad faith. According to Beatty, Samuelson, & Bredeson (2013) one of the mandatory subjects of bargaining is the employees' wages (Introduction to Business Law, p. 361). Therefore the company must participate in bargaining with the union. When the union asked for a raise, the company counteroffered the raise with a much lower amount and stated that anything above that amount would bankrupt them. All the union did was ask to see the proof of being so close to bankrupt by looking at the books. By refusing to show their books to the union, this created an act of bad faith. There was no bargain to impasse.
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  • Winter '14
  • National Labor Relations Act, National Labor Relations Board, National Labor Relations, Kenny Willis

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