This is a two-part assignment where you are expected to address Parts 1 and 2 in one well-written essay.
Explain and respond to the following statement: “It is not the union that organizes the employees; it is management.” In your essay, craft responses that a union organizer might make to some of the following statements from the Labor Relations in Action feature shown below:
Labor Relations in Action
Objections to Joining the Union
"Why should I join the union when I get exactly the same wages and benefits without joining?"
"I can`t afford to join. I`ve got a family to support, and my check just isn`t big enough (to cover union dues)."
"I don`t need a union. My employer is fair and will take care of me. What could the union get for me that I wouldn`t have gotten anyway?"
"The union does not do anything for you [grievances are not settled satisfactorily]. I don`t like the people who are running things in the union."
"I don`t know enough about the local or the union movement."
"I`m not interested. I just don`t want to join."
"I`ll think about it. Maybe I`ll join someday."
Source: Organizing Committee, AFSCME Council 24, WSEU, 5 Odana Court, Madison, Wisconsin.
In light of your response to the first part of this assignment, critically evaluate the arguments for and against the Employee Free Choice Act and the Mandatory Secret Ballot Protection Act. How would you vote? Provide your reasons.
Organization of Unions Name: Institutional Affiliation: Organization of Unions Part 1 The management of an organization forces their staff to opt to form, join or support a union. The formation of unions in most cases arises because the employer does not address the issues of the employees properly. The unhappiness, discomfort, alienation, and absence of proper interrelationships lead to the resort to unionize. If an employer has good intentions, is honest, and decently interacts with and treats the workers, then it is less likely that they will join, form or support a union (Daud & Tumin, 2013). The lack of loyalty and trust between the workers and the management serves to create the need for the employees to seek support from union organizers. The combination of efforts in a group helps them voice their problems efficiently unlike when they handle the issues individually. Through the development of an association, it is possible to negotiate wages, contracts, and working conditions among other concerns of the employee. The participation of the workers in a union presents both benefits and challenges. The labor organization allows the employees to voice their issues and seek solutions without the fear of reprisals and penalties. The prote