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Ch 6: Union Structure & Management

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Study union structure and management at any time with this convenient online study guide chapter. These simple lessons and self-assessments are great options for students who need to catch up in a business class, prepare for exams or refresh their understanding of these union-related concepts.

Union Structure & Management - Chapter Summary

If you need to better understand how unions are structured and managed, simply work through his chapter at your own pace. Inside, you'll find bite-sized video lessons that explain how local, national and international unions are organized. You'll also take a look at concepts like union agreements, right-to-work laws, strategic planning and union avoidance. You can revisit each lesson as many times as needed, and we've included interactive quizzes throughout the chapter to help you retain the information you study. The chapter is also accessible on any computer or mobile device. When you're finished, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate the structure and leadership of several types of local unions
  • Outline the organization and structure of national and international unions
  • Define intermediate organizational unit structure
  • Compare several forms of union agreements, as well as types of union security provisions
  • Explain the effects of right-to-work laws
  • Recognize company strategic planning steps for unions and union management
  • Identify reasons and factors that contribute to union avoidance

10 Lessons in Chapter 6: Union Structure & Management
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Local Unions: Types, Structure & Leadership

1. Local Unions: Types, Structure & Leadership

This lesson identifies important aspects of how local unions are structured and organized. It also looks into how leadership roles are developed at local levels. Key differences between craft and industrial unions are highlighted.

National & International Unions: Structure & Organization

2. National & International Unions: Structure & Organization

What's the difference between a national and an international union? You will learn this, touch on how and why unions merge, and get more insight into union conventions, leadership, administration, staff, dues and fees, and political activity.

Intermediate Organizational Units: Definition & Structure

3. Intermediate Organizational Units: Definition & Structure

In this lesson, we analyze intermediate organizational units, which are formed when groups of employees come together on an intermediate level. We look at examples of these units, such as joint councils, district offices, and employee associations.

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

4. 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.

Forms of Union Agreements

5. Forms of Union Agreements

While currently in decline, unions are still an important presence in the workplace. In this lesson, you'll learn about different types of union agreements regarding union membership and employment, including open, closed, agency and union shops.

Types of Union Security Provisions

6. Types of Union Security Provisions

Part of any labor union contract is the inclusion of provisions that allow the union to operate in the workplace. Let's review some of the common union security provisions that unions use to boost their finances and membership.

Right-to-Work Laws: Definition & Effects

7. Right-to-Work Laws: Definition & Effects

In this lesson, we'll define right-to-work laws and find out how they came about. We'll also examine what their effects are on employers, employees, and unions.

Steps in Strategic Planning for Unions

8. Steps in Strategic Planning for Unions

In this lesson, learn more about the process of strategic planning for a union. Understand the mission statement and what to look for in the external and internal environment. Find out about prioritizing objectives and developing a strategy.

Union Avoidance: Reasons, Factors & Strategies

9. Union Avoidance: Reasons, Factors & Strategies

Companies employ specific strategies to thwart unionization. In this lesson, we'll explore union avoidance and factors and strategies that go along with it.

Required Assignments Reminder

10. Required Assignments Reminder

Sorry for the interruption to your course progress! We wanted to make sure you knew this course has a written assignment requirement in order to be completed. Read on to learn where to find these assignments and how to submit them.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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