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Labor Conflicts n the Airline industry

Labor Conflicts n the Airline industry  Over the past seven years no other Dustin,y has seen as many labor conflicts as the U.S. airline industry. Hostility, work slowdowns, and/or strikes have occurred at United, American, Delta, Midwest Express, U.S. Air and Northwest Airlines, among others. Even  commuter airlines such as Comair and Air Wisconsin have had labor strikes. Why the airline industry has had many problems…

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Union Targets for Membership Growth

Union Targets for Membership Growth  To attempt to counteract the overall decline in union membership, unions are targeting ‘a number of industries and type of workers. Some of the most frequently discussed groups are highlighted next. Professional Unions Traditionally, professionals in many occupations have been skeptic III of the advantages of unionization. However, some professionals who have turned to…

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Summary (Union-Management Relations)

Summary (Union-Management Relations) Unions are open systems-affected by their environment-and political organizations- influenced by the needs and wishes of their members. Increased global competition has put pressure on many firms to reduce costs whether the result is lower wages for employees or lower labor costs through better productivity. Some organizations seek to avoid unions, such as Emerson Electric. Other employers…

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Public Employee Department

Public Employee Department Labor-management cooperation grew dramatically during the 1980 s and early 1990 s in response to international and domestic pressures for greater productivity. 56 And with participate approaches now popular in Japan, No the America, and Europe-particularly in Germany-employee participation approaches to cooperation seem to be a common thread in an otherwise diverse…

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RBO program

RBO program A final method of building cooperation is through third parties, such as consultants and government agencies, who may act as catalysts. For example, the FMCS has a program entitled relations by objectives (ROO). In a series of meetings, which at first are held separately with labor and management, FMCS staff members determine company…

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Employer, Electromation

Employer, Electromation In return for job guarantees and no concessions, the USW has offered to expand the shop-floor teams and worker empowerment systems that management wants to boost productivity. After Japan’s NKK Corp. bought control of the U.S.’s No.4 steelmaker in 1984, National opened its books to the union and offered profit-sharing and job security. Now, the rest of…

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The Challenges to Human Resource Management

The Challenges to Human Resource Management Unions are at a crossroads. During recent years they have experienced a steady decline in membership, political power, and prestige. Nevertheless, unions represent a significant challenge to HR professionals and operating managers. At employers with unions, compliance with labor laws, contract provisions, and past actives limit managers’ flexibility. Even when a union is not present, proactive…

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Cooperative methods

Cooperative methods Once HR specialists recognize the political concerns and suspicions of union leaders, several cooperative methods can be tried. These techniques are summarized in Figure 18-14 and are explained in the following paragraphs. One of the most basic actions is prior consultation with the union. Not every management decision must be approved by the union, but actions that…

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Methods of Building Union-Management Cooperation

Methods of Building Union-Management Cooperation Managers and personnel specialists can build cooperation between the employer and union through: Prior consultation with union leaders to defuse problems before they become formal grievances Sincere concern for employee problems and welfare even when management is not obligated to do so by the labor agreement Training programs that objectively communicate the intent…

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Obstacles to cooperation

Obstacles to cooperation HR specialists often seek union cooperation to improve the organization’s effectiveness. However, effectiveness usually is far less important to unto leaders. Quite naturally, these offices are more concerned about the welfare of their members and winning elocution to union office. Thus, when cooperation is not ttractive politically, union leaders have little incentive to cooperate. In fact, if…

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