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Union Structure, Organization & Management - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
From the local to the international level, organized labor and unions unite workers. Watch as our knowledgeable instructors introduce you to the organization and management of unions. In this chapter, you will learn:
- Structure, organization, and management of local, national, and international unions
- Union leadership, staff, and duties
- Agreements and security provisions
- Closed versus open shops
- Right-to-work laws
- Strategic management planning in union and non-union shops
- Union development process
- Rationales and strategies for union avoidance
|Local Unions: Types, Structure & Leadership||Discuss local unions and learn how they are organized and managed.|
|National & International Unions: Structure & Organization||Look at unions at the national level and around the world; compare their structure, leadership, and administration.|
|Intermediate Organizational Units: Definition & Structure||Examine the intermediate level union organization, including its administration, boards, councils, and district office.|
|Forms of Union Agreements||Describe the various types of union agreements.|
|Types of Union Security Provisions||Understand different types of shops, such as: closed, union, agency, and contingency.|
|Closed vs. Open Shops in Labor Relations & Impacts on Human Resource Management||Explore the challenges of human resource management when dealing with open and closed shops.|
|Right-to-Work Laws: Definition & Effects||Expand on the details of right-to-work laws and explore the morality of the legislature.|
|Company Strategic Planning for Union Management||Discuss why companies consider tactics like union suppression, union avoidance, and union substitution.|
|Steps in Strategic Planning for Unions||Learn how unions sets goals, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and strategically plan for long-term success and growth.|
|Union Avoidance: Reasons, Factors & Strategies||Look deeper into the strategies of union avoidance and why companies choose to employ these strategies.|
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. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
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. Company Strategic Planning for Union Management
In this lesson, we look at company strategic planning and the difference between union and non-union companies. We also explore potential strategic planning choices depending on a company's situation.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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Other chapters within the Business 105: Labor Relations course
- The Industrial Relations System
- 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
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