Hrm 530 Week 2

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Individual Assignment Week #2
Courtney G. Mase PharmD.
HRM/531
11/08/12
James D. Bridges, Sr.

Individual Assignment Week #2
Unions are a dynamic component of the American workforce. Many organizations and businesses contain and cooperate with unions to appease their employees and ensure fair work conditions and compensations, although, sometimes this appeasement can infringe on federal or state laws. There are ways to avoid litigation on the unions such as better visibility of their fiscal activity on a political level. There are benefits to joining a union through the bargaining process, hopefully in a win-win or distributive process for both the employee and employer (Cascio, 2010). Government workers now account for almost half of all union members (Bovard, 1998). In the public school system, teachers are employees of the local governing body whether it is the town or county (AFT, 2012). The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) was founded in 1916 as a labor union for American public K-12th grade teachers but now includes other professionals such as nurses and federal employees (AFT, 2012). There can be fundamental conflicts of interest or obstacles between government-employed teachers and tax-payer parents. Teacher unions can make it very expensive and arduous to fire a sub-standard teacher. For example, in New York, it costs $317,000 to fire a single unionized teacher (Bovard, 1998). In Michigan, an investigation by the Detroit Free Press in 1992 uncovered that the school system took 7 years and over $100,000 of tax-payer money to fire a single unionized teacher (Bovard, 1998). Misappropriation of funds can legally impact the teacher’s union. In Washington state, voter’s decided in a referendum to halt unions from contributing to political parties with members’ due money, unless with a personal signed consent (Bovard, 1998). The teacher’s union circumvented this ruling by altering the name of a due-money funded project from...
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