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Ch 8: The Ethics of Labor Relations

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Brief and simple lessons on the ethics of labor relations help you understand workers' rights, the unionizing process, collective bargaining, and many other topics. The engaging lessons and quizzes in this chapter are an easy way to get ready for an upcoming exam and ensure success.

The Ethics of Labor Relations - Chapter Summary

While studying these lessons on the ethics of labor relations, you'll enjoy the engaging teaching style of our educators as they review policies surrounding the decertification of unions, wrongful termination, and employee rights. This chapter can also expand your understanding of bargaining issues related to wages, job evaluation programs, and employee benefits. After reviewing the lessons, you should be ready to:

  • Discuss workers' rights and union organization
  • List roles of union members and leaders
  • Recall policies of the National Labor Relations Board
  • Detail processes for certifying and decertifying unions
  • Recount the process of collective bargaining
  • Provide an overview of strikes and lockouts
  • Discuss employer rights concerning the unionizing process
  • Relate procedures used for employee discipline

The video lessons in this chapter on the ethics of labor relations can be watched whenever you have time. If you prefer text-based learning, you can access full written video transcripts. The transcripts have key vocabulary words in bold for easy recognition and review. Each lesson comes with a brief quiz to ascertain how much of the content you can recall.

15 Lessons in Chapter 8: The Ethics of Labor Relations
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Workers' Rights: Union Organization & Management Relations

1. Workers' Rights: Union Organization & Management Relations

Employees are one of the primary stakeholders to a corporation. In this lesson, you will learn about the importance of workers' rights and how unions can create a joint relationship with management.

Roles and Duties of Union Members and Leadership

2. 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.

National Labor Relations Board: Policies & Conduct

3. National Labor Relations Board: Policies & Conduct

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is a federal agency that protects employees from employer violations that affect employee wages and working conditions. Employees do not necessarily have to be unionized to seek protection.

Unionizing Process: Certification, Decertification

4. 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.

Union Decertification: Process & Policies

5. Union Decertification: Process & Policies

In this lesson, we will look at the process of how a union decertification election works. We will also discuss some of the reasons why an election may occur, along with the rights of employees throughout the process.

What Is Collective Bargaining? - Definition & Process

6. What Is Collective Bargaining? - Definition & Process

Collective bargaining is a vital process in labor-management relationships in the United States. In this lesson, you will learn what collective bargaining is and be given a general outline of its process. A short quiz will follow the lesson.

Importance of the Collective Bargaining Process

7. 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.

Bargaining Issues: Wages & Wage Incentives

8. Bargaining Issues: Wages & Wage Incentives

This lesson details wage and wage incentive programs, which are included in union contracts. We will look at incentive programs such as profit-sharing and gain-sharing, and we'll also review wage programs, such as the two-tier pay plan and wage adjustments.

Bargaining Issues for Job Evaluation Programs

9. Bargaining Issues for Job Evaluation Programs

This lesson looks at the job evaluation process and how it works in a unionized setting. Issues related to collective bargaining are highlighted, including creating a committee, determining job components, setting wages, and settling disputes.

Bargaining Issues Related to Employee Benefits

10. Bargaining Issues Related to Employee Benefits

In this lesson, we'll see how Danny, a manager for Brakes & Brothers, handles bargaining issues regarding employee benefits. Several examples are given and discussed. These include insurance, income maintenance, work sharing, premium pay, and holidays.

Bargaining Impasses: Strikes, Lockouts & Other Consequences

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.

Employer Restrictions and Rights in Unionizing Process & Collective Bargaining

12. 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.

Employee Discipline in the Workplace: Procedures & Principle

13. Employee Discipline in the Workplace: Procedures & Principle

Employee discipline in the workplace is a touchy subject. In this lesson, you will learn what employee discipline is, and how it affects the modern workplace.

What Is Wrongful Termination? - Definition & Conditions

14. What Is Wrongful Termination? - Definition & Conditions

Wrongful termination happens when an employee is fired for illegal reasons or for reasons that violate company policy. This lesson explains wrongful termination and takes a look at a case example.

What Are Employee Rights in the Workplace? - Law & Concept

15. What Are Employee Rights in the Workplace? - Law & Concept

Whether you work for a large multinational corporation or a small mom and pop shop, you have certain rights at work that are protected by law. Learn what conduct is protected in the workplace and when it's illegal for employers to fire an employee in this lesson.

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