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Union Organizing - Chapter Summary
This chapter on union organizing shows you several theories and models of union formation, as well as the tactics that are used to organize unions. Our bite-sized lessons offer insight into union campaign processes, union member and leader roles, the National Labor Relations Board and much more. You can access this chapter at any time using your computer or mobile device, which helps you study wherever and whenever it's convenient. The chapter also includes interactive self-assessments that cover important lesson terms and concepts. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be able to:
- Evaluate several union formation models and theories
- Recognize activities and tactics that are used in union organization
- Understand each step in the union campaign process
- Assess workers' rights in terms of management relations and union organization
- Describe the roles and duties of union leaders and members
- Explain the history, purpose, policies and conduct of the National Labor Relations Board
- Differentiate between union certification and decertification
1. Theories & Models of Union Formation
In this lesson, we look at why unions are formed, the beliefs that members have about the union, and what motivates workers to unionize. Three theories are detailed: alienation theory, scarcity consciousness theory, and the Wheeler model.
2. Organizing a Union: Activities & Tactics
Unions have methods of organizing in the workplace without a government supervised closed ballot election. Let's take a look at these methods and how companies can attempt to counter these attempts at labor organization.
3. Union Campaign: Steps, Process & Perspectives
During a union organizing campaign, employees, management, and union leaders all have a perspective on the campaign. This lesson will discuss the steps of an organizing campaign, and the perspectives of the parties involved.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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Other chapters within the Business 325: Union & Labor Relations course
- Introduction to Labor Unions
- 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
- 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