America Without Labor Unions Research Paper

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Can you imagine an America without labor unions? Union membership has declined significantly over the last seven decades. Current business sentiment, certain political, social, economic ideologies and public policy actions reflect an increasingly hostile stance toward unions. America is facing an important moment in the arc of workers’ rights. Workers’ rights are at the very core of our democracy and are necessary for a vibrant, sustainable society. The purpose of this paper is to envision the future and answer the opening question. After researching the issue of “America without labor unions”, this individual believes that unions, as social institutions, will be necessary and, perhaps, enjoy a revival of respected relevancy in our society…show more content…
OB is an interdisciplinary field that includes psychology, sociology, economics, political science, management and communications. (Bauer p. 10). The study of Labor or Industrial Relations (LIR) is a subset of organizational behavior topics and is very specialized; however, it can provide insights into the broader view of employer-employee relations in any organization. Wages, benefits, work-life balance issues, workplace conditions, career opportunities, employee development and training programs are just a few of the issues that HR professionals currently manage. As we look forward, the role of HR will be increasingly tasked to prove their worth by improving a company’s financial performance by focusing on activities such as strategic planning, change management, corporate culture transition and development of human capital. (Richey…show more content…
Fontes reports that the major issue that unions face in attracting young member to their cause is the lack of youth’s knowledge about unions, i.e. it is not a question of “Unions Yes or Unions No” but rather “Union What?”. Images of union’s dominated by old, white (racist/sexists) men smoking cigars, using jargon, talking down to youth and summarily dismissing their input is often mentioned as barriers to youth involvement in union activities. On the other hand, unions are making great efforts to attract and engage youth. Some of the promising strategies and tactics unions are deploying to reach youth are: communications programs using social media tools, education programs about union’s contributions to our society, broadening labor’s alliances with other groups that promote other social movements including: environmental issues, immigration reform, GLBT equality issues, fair and equal pay for women, along with many others. Union’s are reaching out to youth. Several have created youth councils, conducted youth conferences, created leadership development programs for youth and instituted internship programs. In addition, current conditions that youth face – substantial college debt, an increasing unstable work environment due to temp work, contracting, and
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