About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Labor Relations chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||AFL-CIO and the National Labor Relations Board||Goals and historical summary of the National Labor Relations Board; membership trends in the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)|
|Tuesday||Collective bargaining: function and importance||Overview of the collective bargaining process, including arbitration, importance to the labor-management relationship, limitations and strikes|
|Wednesday||Unions: employment, membership and unionizing process||Union goals, members and membership duties; differences between closed and open shops in relation to unions and the unionizing process, including certification and decertification|
|Thursday||Collective bargaining and unionizing: employer restrictions and rights||Limitations and rights of employers during the collective bargaining and unionizing processes; comparison of distributive and integrative bargaining and bargaining impasses, such as lockout and strikes|
|Friday||Labor relations: legislation and trends||Purpose of executive order 10988 (1962) and the Civil Service Reform Act (1978); patterns in labor relations, such as the number of union members by industry or total number of union members|
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Function of Collective Bargaining
The function of collective bargaining is to negotiate work-related issues. Bargaining or negotiating takes place between the employer and the employees. The employees are represented by a collective bargaining unit.
4. Importance of the Collective Bargaining Process
One of the primary advantages of unionization for workers is the collective bargaining process. In this lesson, you'll learn about collective bargaining and why it is important in labor-management relationship. A short quiz follows.
5. Roles and Duties of Union Members and Leadership
Union membership can offer some important benefits to workers. In this lesson, we'll discuss the purposes of a union, the roles members may play in a union and the effects of union representation in an organization.
6. Labor Unions Lesson Plan
Labor unions in the 20th century flourished to establish fair guidelines for U.S. workers. This lesson includes a vocabulary assignment, reading activity, group presentation, jeopardy game and quiz.
7. Closed vs. Open Shops in Labor Relations & Impacts on Human Resource Management
Union membership is sometimes required for employment at a company, but it may also not be required. In this lesson, you'll learn about open shops, union shops and closed shops, including what they mean to a company's HR department.
8. Unionizing Process: Certification, Decertification
Union representation requires certification and ending union representation requires decertification. In this lesson, you'll learn about the processes involved in certification and decertification. A short quiz follows.
9. Employer Restrictions and Rights in Unionizing Process & Collective Bargaining
Employees and employers have rights during unionization attempts and during the collective bargaining process. In this lesson, you'll learn about the rights of employers, as well as the restrictions to which they are subject, during these processes.
10. Bargaining Strategies in Labor Relations: Integrative & Distributive
One of the great advantages that unionized workers have is the ability to collectively bargain as a group with management. In this lesson, you'll learn about integrative and distributive bargaining strategies. A short quiz follows.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
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