April 29, 2012
1. Define and discuss the term "collective bargaining." Include and discuss [showing relevance or applicability] at least one reference found in our text, along with a current web-based news item/magazine article about a real life example of a collective bargaining action. Write a succinct and complete summary on the contents of the article you've provided along with your critical comments about that article. Support your findings with referenced research. (5 points)
Efficiency, equity, and voice. These are the three primary objectives of labor relations, of employees, and even of some management personnel. Employees seem to lean more towards equity and voice at the workplace, while management usually prefers efficiency. The tricky part is attempting to balance all three for an overall happy medium at the workplace for both employers and employees. One of the most promising directions that should be taken in achieving this balancing act would be through collective bargaining.
The term collective bargaining can best be described as the negotiating process between representatives for both employers and employees determining an agreement pertaining to such hot topics as wages, benefits, work policies, and the like concerning their employment. These discussions take place once employees become members of a union with hopes of having proper representation to hash out such disagreements about employment issues.
A great example that can better explain the effects of collective bargaining pertained to the University of Windsor and the Windsor University Faculty Association. On November 2, 2011, there was a collective agreement that was successfully completed where compensation and pension plans were cemented in place without any fears of the budget and funding problems that were putting these very factors in jeopardy within the University (http://www.uwindsor.ca/bargainingunits/update).
In 1937, General Motors and United Automobile Workers were able to make history with the signature of the first union contract to ever be signed. The issues at hand were the terms and employment conditions that employees of the factory were most concerned about. Despite violent outcomes at the beginning of the strike that took place early on, both parties could reach a collective bargaining agreement (Budd, p.13).
Collective bargaining always seems to have the best intentions when it is relative to union members attempting to rely on a union to guide them through difficult disputes with employers that could result in the loss of employment. The union provides a safe environment for employees and employers to break bread, so to speak, and conduct a conversation where the important factors of employment terms and conditions can be discussed without strikes or the focus as to who holds the ultimate power in each situation.
Collective bargaining seems to be a way to bring together individuals of opposing thoughts and ideas, and open the lines of communication in a healthy way in hopes of finding common ground with both parties in agreement. 2. Identify and discuss three laws that support collective bargaining. Include and discuss [showing relevance or applicability] at least one reference found in our text, along with a current web-based news item/magazine article about each. Write a succinct and complete summary on the contents of the article you've provided along with your critical comments about that article. Support your findings with referenced research. (14 points)
It is imperative for every employee in the country to become informed as to which labor laws are available to protect their rights when a collective bargaining agreement will likely take place. It is crucial to know the characteristics of these labor laws, what they consist of, their primary...