Ch 8: Collective Bargaining & Unions

About This Chapter

Take a look at the brief video lessons in this chapter to better understand collective bargaining and unions. Multiple-choice quizzes covering the material are offered online or in printable versions, which enables you to test yourself any time or place.

Collective Bargaining & Unions - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The process of collective bargaining can be complicated. These negotiations between employers and their employees are essential to business and labor relations. In this chapter, knowledgeable instructors make this complicated subject easy to understand. Use the engaging video lessons to learn about the laws, agreements and strategies that are important to both unions and HR departments. The quizzes in each lesson can help you self-assess before moving on. The topics in this chapter include:

  • Collective bargaining and how it is used
  • Labor laws that protect organized labor
  • Importance of the National Labor Relations Board
  • Factors that may influence marketing strategies
  • Variances in different types of union agreements requirements
  • Consequences of unsuccessful collective bargaining
  • Changing trends in unionization

Video Objective
Collective Bargaining: Definition and Labor Relations Legislation Evaluate the labor laws that required employers to engage in collective bargaining with their employees.
A Historical Outline of Organized Labor in the United States Analyze how organized labor developed in the United States and the laws that protect organized labor.
Executive Order 10988 of 1962 and the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 Break down the laws specific to public sector employees.
National Labor Relations Board: History and Purpose Assess the Labor Relations Board to understand how it keeps both employers and employees in line.
Unionizing Process: Certification, Decertification Explain the required processes of certification and decertification for unions.
Forms of Union Agreements Compare the types of union agreements, including agency or union shops.
Function of Collective Bargaining Illustrate the purpose of a collective bargaining unit in its representation of employees.
Bargaining Impasses: Strikes, Lockouts & Other Consequences Estimate the consequences of unsuccessful collective bargaining.
Closed vs. Open Shops in Labor Relations & Impacts on Human Resource Management Classify the different requirements for unionization and how different types of union agreements are important to HR departments.
Benefits & Pitfalls of Collective Bargaining Compare the pros and cons of collective bargaining and learn strategies HR managers use for successful negotiations.
Trends in Labor Relations: Membership & Industry Dissect the different trends for union membership across economic sectors, industries and demographics.
HRM Case Study: General Motors & United Auto Workers Analyze the General Motors-United Auto Workers agreement that was negotiated in 2007.

8 Lessons in Chapter 8: Collective Bargaining & Unions
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Collective Bargaining: Definition and Labor Relations Legislation

1. Collective Bargaining: Definition and Labor Relations Legislation

The National Labor Relations Act established the National Labor Relations Board and required employers to use collective bargaining. This lesson explains these labor law concepts.

Executive Order 10988 of 1962 and the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978

2. Executive Order 10988 of 1962 and the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978

Public sector employees are subject to some different labor relation laws. In this lesson, you'll learn about Executive Order 10988, Executive Order 11491, and the Civil Reform Act of 1978. A short quiz follows.

National Labor Relations Board: History and Purpose

3. National Labor Relations Board: History and Purpose

Unions can play an important role in the employer-employee relationship. In this lesson, you'll learn about the National Labor Relations Board and how it makes sure both sides play by the rules. A short quiz follows.

Forms of Union Agreements

4. Forms of Union Agreements

While currently in decline, unions are still an important presence in the workplace. In this lesson, you'll learn about different types of union agreements regarding union membership and employment, including open, closed, agency and union shops.

Bargaining Impasses: Strikes, Lockouts & Other Consequences

5. Bargaining Impasses: Strikes, Lockouts & Other Consequences

If negotiations between management and a union are not succeeding, either party may turn to more drastic measures to pressure concessions. In this lesson, you'll learn about strikes, lockouts, picketing and boycotts.

Benefits & Pitfalls of Collective Bargaining

6. Benefits & Pitfalls of Collective Bargaining

This lesson defines collective bargaining and explains the pitfalls versus the benefits. It also discusses how HR managers can implement strategies to effectively negotiate collective bargaining agreements.

Trends in Labor Relations: Membership & Industry

7. Trends in Labor Relations: Membership & Industry

Unions represent employees in their relationships with their employers. In this lesson, we'll take a look at current trends in union membership from across economic sectors, industries and demographics. A short quiz follows.

Required Assignments Reminder

8. Required Assignments Reminder

Sorry for the interruption to your course progress! We wanted to make sure you knew this course has a written assignment requirement in order to be completed. Read on to learn where to find these assignments and how to submit them.

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