HRM586 Final Exam 2

HRM586 Final Exam 2

Author: Christine Farr


1. (TCO A) You are the new leader of the local union at your company. There are many new employees who have joined the union in the past year, and they have questions about the way union membership works. These new employees are not sure about how to be in the union and still interact with the boss. It seems to some of them that in their non-union jobs, they would just say and do what it took to get their questions answered, and they did not see much difference between themselves and the boss. Others want to run to the union steward every time the boss says something they don t like. The questions involve management rights and employee rights. Your job is to develop a summary sheet which lists the content for a union meeting. Your summary should include the basics of how unions operate and specifics on management rights and employee rights in the union environment. (Points : 34)
2. (TCO B) The development of unions in the U.S. has a dynamic and complex history. Despite the growth and power that unions enjoyed in the past, today they are on the decline. Unions are working in various ways to improve their status and membership levels in the U.S. There are a number of social, economic, and business factors that are either helping or slowing down the development of the union movement.
(a) Compile the various statistical, historical, economic, and social factors that have led to the decline of unions.
(b) Devise a plan to help unions reverse these trends and potentially turn back to a growth pattern. (Points : 34)
3. (TCO C) Contract negotiations will typically reflect the current status of the economy, political/legal concerns, social factors impacting society in general, and other concerns held by management and labor. The issues can become complex, with each side presenting their view of what has changed in the economy, as well as their own needs for changes to wages and benefits, etc. The proof that is brought to the bargaining table supports either management's perspective or that of the union. Play the role of a consultant to management.
(a) Summarize for the management team the economic, political/legal, social, and other factors that you believe the union will integrate into their negotiations package.
(b) Devise a counter proposal that management can bring to the table. (Points : 34)

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