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Ch 2: Union Structure, Organization & Management

About This Chapter

Work through this chapter to learn about the structure, organization, and management of unions. See how local, national, and international unions unite and protect workers. Short self-assessment quizzes let you track your progress.

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

Video Objective
Local Unions: Types, Structure & LeadershipDiscuss local unions and learn how they are organized and managed.
National & International Unions: Structure & OrganizationLook at unions at the national level and around the world; compare their structure, leadership, and administration.
Intermediate Organizational Units: Definition & StructureExamine the intermediate level union organization, including its administration, boards, councils, and district office.
Forms of Union AgreementsDescribe the various types of union agreements.
Types of Union Security ProvisionsUnderstand different types of shops, such as: closed, union, agency, and contingency.
Closed vs. Open Shops in Labor Relations & Impacts on Human Resource ManagementExplore the challenges of human resource management when dealing with open and closed shops.
Right-to-Work Laws: Definition & EffectsExpand on the details of right-to-work laws and explore the morality of the legislature.
Company Strategic Planning for Union ManagementDiscuss why companies consider tactics like union suppression, union avoidance, and union substitution.
Steps in Strategic Planning for UnionsLearn how unions sets goals, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and strategically plan for long-term success and growth.
Union Avoidance: Reasons, Factors & StrategiesLook deeper into the strategies of union avoidance and why companies choose to employ these strategies.

10 Lessons in Chapter 2: Union Structure, Organization & 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.

Forms of Union Agreements

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.

Types of Union Security Provisions

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.

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

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.

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.

Company Strategic Planning for Union Management

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.

Steps in Strategic Planning for Unions

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.

Union Avoidance: Reasons, Factors & Strategies

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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