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Ch 10: Understanding Labor Relations

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These comprehensive video lessons on labor relations can quickly boost your understanding of collective bargaining, the unionizing process, the Civil Service Reform Act, and so much more. These lessons can assist you with getting prepared for an exam or a class discussion.

Understanding Labor Relations - Chapter Summary

In this chapter on labor relations, concise and engaging video lessons cover the duties of union leadership and employer restrictions in the unionizing process. You can also gain a richer understanding of trends in AFL-CIO membership, why collective bargaining is important, and Executive Order 10988 of 1962. After going through the lessons, you should be able to do the following without hesitation:

  • Discuss the labor relations process
  • Outline the purpose of the National Labor Relations Board
  • Distinguish between closed and open shops in labor relations
  • Explain certification and decertification in the unionizing process
  • Describe bargaining impasses and strategies in labor relations
  • Provide an overview of the collective bargaining process
  • Discuss NLRA, Taft-Hartley, and the Civil Service Reform Act
  • Recount membership trends in labor relations

These mobile-friendly lessons simply studying and help you grasp concepts related to labor relations. If there are any areas you don't understand, you can submit questions to experts. A short quiz is available to test your knowledge of each lesson, and the quizzes can be printed to study offline. There are many other helpful features integrated into our learning platform, such as the ability to click on a link in the quiz to revisit a specific topic.

14 Lessons in Chapter 10: Understanding Labor Relations
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Labor Relations: Definition & Process

1. 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.

National Labor Relations Board: History and Purpose

2. 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.

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO): Status & Trends in Membership

3. 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.

Function of Collective Bargaining

4. 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.

Importance of the Collective Bargaining Process

5. 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.

Roles and Duties of Union Members and Leadership

6. 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.

Closed vs. Open Shops in Labor Relations & Impacts on Human Resource Management

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.

Unionizing Process: Certification, Decertification

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.

Employer Restrictions and Rights in Unionizing Process & Collective Bargaining

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.

Bargaining Strategies in Labor Relations: Integrative & Distributive

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.

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.

Labor Relations & Unions: NLRA, Taft-Hartley & the Civil Service Reform Act

12. Labor Relations & Unions: NLRA, Taft-Hartley & the Civil Service Reform Act

The relationship between labor and management is governed by a set of federal labor laws. In this lesson, you'll learn about the National Labor Relations Act, the Taft-Hartley Act and the Civil Service Reform Act. A short quiz follows.

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

13. 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.

Trends in Labor Relations: Membership & Industry

14. 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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