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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10. Required Assignments Reminder
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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 Organizing
- 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