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Introduction to Labor Unions - Chapter Summary
This comprehensive chapter provides a high-level overview of labor unions, labor markets, labor forces and related concepts. Our instructors will show you the history and benefits of labor unions, as well as a variety of current union trends. If you have any questions about these concepts, simply reach out to our instructors online. They're happy to help! We've also included short self-assessment quizzes to help you check your understanding of basic labor union terms and concepts. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be able to:
- Outline the basics of labor forces, labor markets, labor relations and labor unions
- Understand how joining a union can benefit workers
- Summarize the history/philosophies of early labor unions
- Describe the emergence of industrial unions and explain why they were significant
- Evaluate the goals of the American Federation of Labor
- Assess membership trends in the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations
- Analyze modern labor union trends and practices
1. Labor Force: Definition & Concept
The labor force is a fundamental component of every modern economy. In this lesson, you'll learn what the labor force is and some of its important concepts.
2. Labor Market: Definition & Theory
Most of us have to work for a living and that means we must participate in the labor market. In this lesson, you'll learn about what the labor market is, as well as the theory behind it.
3. Labor in the U.S.: Unions, Labor Markets & Professions
This lesson discusses the differences between the two labor markets in the United States - primary and secondary. It also defines labor unions and the characteristics of a profession.
4. Labor Relations: Definition & Process
In this lesson, we'll define labor relations. You'll also learn the process of establishing a labor relationship, which includes forming a bargaining unit, negotiating contracts and administrating contract agreements.
5. What Is a Labor Union? - Definition & History
Labor unions are important organizations. In this lesson, you will learn what a labor union is and the history of labor unions in the United States. You will have an opportunity to reinforce your knowledge with a short quiz.
6. Why Do Workers Join Unions? - Benefits & Reasons
In this lesson, we'll discuss unions and the benefits and challenges of being a member. We'll also take a look at why union membership is declining in today's workforce.
7. The Emergence & Significance of Industrial Unions
Learn how industrial unions differed from other unions of the time and why their leaders were so passionate about them. Consider the impact of organization workers in entire industries rather than by skill alone.
8. The American Federation of Labor: Definition, Goals & History
In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the American Federation of Labor fought for better conditions for skilled workers. Learn about the challenges and triumphs of this workers' organization and test your understanding with a quiz.
9. American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO): Status & Trends in Membership
While union membership is in relative decline, unions still represent a powerful force in American labor and politics. This is especially true of the AFL-CIO. In this lesson, you'll learn about the AFL-CIO, its history and current status.
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Other chapters within the Business 325: Union & Labor Relations course
- Relations Between Labor & Management
- History of Labor Unions in the U.S.
- U.S. Labor Law in the Private Sector
- Public Sector Labor Relations
- Union Structure & Management
- Union Organizing
- The Bargaining Process in Union & Labor Relations
- Labor-Management Conflict Resolutions
- Grievance, Disciplinary & Arbitration Process
- Globalization & Labor Relations
- Comparative Labor Relations
- Required Assignments for Business 325