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Steps in a Grievance Procedure

Steps in a Grievance Procedure Grievance procedures can vary in the number of steps they include. Shows a typical grievance procedure, which includes the following steps: 1. The employee discusses the grievance with the union steward (the union’s representative on the job) and the supervisor. 2, The union steward discusses the grievance with the supervisor’s manager.…

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Grievance Procedures

Grievance Procedures Grievance Procedures are formal communications channels designed to settle grievances as soon as possible after the problem arises. First line supervisors are usually closest to a problem, however, the supervisor is concerned with many other matters besides one employee’s grievance, and may even be the subject of an employee’s grievance. So, to receive the appropriate attention. grievances…

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Grievance Management

Grievance Management Unions know that employee dissatisfaction is’ a potential source of trouble for employers, whether it is expressed or not. Hidden dissatisfaction grows and creates reactions that may be completely out of proportion to the original concerns. Therefore, it is important that dissatisfaction be given an outlet. A complaint, which is merely an indication of employee dissatisfaction, is…

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Employee Involvement Program

Employee Involvement Program Suggesting that union-management cooperation or involving employees in making suggestions and decisions could be bad seems a little illogical. Yet some decisions by the NLRB appear to have done just that. Some historical perspective is required to understand the issues that surrounded the decisions. In the 1930, when the Wagner Act was written, certain employers…

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Union-Management Cooperation

Union-Management Cooperation The adversarial relationship that naturally exists between unions and management may lead to strikes and lockouts. However such conflicts are relatively rare. Even more encouraging is the growing recognition on the part of union leaders and ’employer representatives that cooperation between management and labor unions offers the most  route if organizations are going to compete effectively in a…

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Strikes and Lockouts

Strikes and Lockouts If a deadlock cannot be resolved, then an employer may revert to a lockout or a union may revert to a strike. During a strike, union members refuse to work in order to put pressure on an employer. Often, the striking union members picket or demonstrate against the employer outside the place of business by…

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Settlement and Contract Agreement

Settlement and Contract Agreement After reaching an initial agreement, the bargaining parties usually return to their respective constituencies to determine if the informal agreement is acceptable. A particularly crucial stage is ratification of the labor agreement, which occurs when union members vote to accept the terms of a negotiated agreement. Prior to the ratification vote, the union negotiating team…

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The Bargaining Process

The Bargaining Process The collective bargaining process consists of a number of stages: preparation,initial demands, negotiations, settlement or impasse, and  strikes or lockouts Preparation and Initial Demands Both labor and management representatives spend much time preparing for negotiations. Employer’ and industry data concerning wages, benefits, working conditions, management and union rights, productivity, and absenteeism are gathered. If the…

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Classification of Bargaining Issues

Classification of Bargaining Issues  A number of issues can be addressed during collective bargaining. The NLRB has defined bargaining issues in three ways: mandatory, permissive, and illegal. A discussion of each follows. Mandatory Issues Those issues identified specifically by labor laws or court decisions as subject to bargaining are mandatory issues. If either party demands that issues in this…

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Union Security

Union Security A major concern of union representatives when bargaining IS the negotiation of union security provisions, which are contract clauses to aid the union in obtaining and retaining members. One union security provision is the dues checkoff, which provides for the automatic deduction of union dues from the payroll checks of union members, The dues checkoff makes it…

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