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The Industrial Relations System - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Unions and labor relations are an integral part of the economy in the United States. In this chapter, you'll learn the definition of unions and be introduced to the topics of labor and labor relations. The lessons will help you understand:
- What are labor unions?
- Who is involved in labor relations?
- What are the key elements in the labor relations process?
- Why is union membership dropping?
- Why are work rules important and what do they cover?
|What is a Labor Union? - Definition & History||Learn the definition of a labor union and the history behind unions.|
|Labor Relations: Definition & Process||Understand the process of labor relations and the role of employees and management.|
|Trends in Labor Relations: Membership & Industry||Examine the industry trends in labor relations.|
|Work Rules, Participants & Constraints in Labor Relations||Identify the participants and key elements of the labor relations process, as well as constraints and influences affecting labor relations.|
|Work Rules: Categories & Influences||Explain the two categories of work rules and their influences.|
|Labor in the U.S.: Unions, Labor Markets & Professions||Understand the roles of unions, labor markets and professions.|
|Modern Labor Union Trends, Membership & Practices||Evaluate changes and current trends in labor unions, the labor forces and organizational practices found in today's economic climate.|
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Work Rules, Participants & Constraints in Labor Relations
In this lesson, we'll discuss the participants in creating work rules: employee, union, employer and mediator. You'll also learn how the government indirectly impacts work rules. Lastly, we'll discuss constraints in creating work rules.
5. Work Rules: Categories & Influences
In this lesson, we'll define work rules. You'll learn about the two categories of work rules: compensation and rights and obligations. We'll also discuss internal and external factors that influence work rules.
6. 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.
7. Modern Labor Union Trends, Membership & Practices
In this lesson, we'll define a union and discuss the participants in the process: employees, unions, and employers. We'll also explain why unions have been declining over the years.
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Other chapters within the Business 105: Labor Relations course
- Union Structure, Organization & Management
- American Labor History
- American Labor Law in the Private Sector Before 1960
- American Labor Law in the Private Sector After 1960
- The Organizing Process
- Collective Bargaining
- Contract Administration
- Labor Arbitration
- The Public Sector
- International Labor Relations
- Studying for Business 105