In this chapter, it is mentioned that the United Auto Workers (UAW) was one of the largest unions in the United States, but it seems like it has been declining in the last couple of years. The traumas experienced by the auto industries in 2008-2009 required the UAW to make major concessions to help Ford, DaimlerChrysler, and GM survive. I think that the UAW hasn’t been successful in its attempts to unionize U.S. workers employed at Toyota, Nissan, and Honda plants because these employees are convinced that the benefits they are receiving are pretty good and that the union wouldn’t do any better. For example, Toyota, Nissan, and Honda plant employees feel like they are earning satisfactory wages, have adequate benefits, have satisfactory
Another factor contributing to the decline in unionisation rate is the changing attitudes towards unions. A number of writers have highlighted the downward shift in community support for unions across the industrial world. In Australia, public opinion polls show that unions are seen as being too powerful and unresponsive to members needs (Deery et al, 2000). Such perceptions and beliefs have supported the decline. A survey carried out by McNair Anderson Polling Agency and Sentry Holdings show that only 6 per cent of those surveyed have confidence in unions, and more than 45 per cent of union members surveyed have ‘hardly any’ confidence in union leaders. More and more Australians are refusing to join unions. There is the feeling amongst employees that they are just no longer required. The tradition of being a unionist is fading. Fewer fathers are encouraging their children to become members (Short, 1992).
Two years ago the United Steel Workers organized the 400 workers at Maple Grove Foods, a food processing company in Western Ontario. Previously the company had been in operation for over thirty years as a non-union shop. Management had tried to convince employees not to join the union. The employees were paid quite well, in the view of the company.
Because of the demand of wanting a safer working condition, shorter work week, increase in pay and recognition as a union
First some disclosure about myself: my mother was a strong union member for General Motors for over 32 years where she held several different offices in the union. My stepfather was a member of the local iron workers union and then a member of the union at Tinker Field Airbase. When I got out of high school I worked at General Motors wishing I could join the union. Within a year of being out of school I hired on the fire department and joined their local union where I was a member for over 22 years. Needless to say I have a long history with labor unions and the benefits they provide. I know unions have done great things for our nation and have been a counterbalance to greedy companies that take advantage of
The United Automobile Workers (UAW) is a labor union that represents workers in North America. It has the employer’s welfare in mind in the manner of a health insurance plan, improved working conditions, better working hours, and higher wages. The UAW has received a great deal of criticism over the years for being responsible for the “death of the auto industry” in America. With its influential history and the issues members have faced over the course of the years, an analysis can be made of the way the group performs and the media attention that the group has generated. The UAW believes in social justice for its workers and providing quality automobile products to the public while creating success for its members, company investors and clients.
“Unions are no longer beneficial in our society because today we have so many laws protecting the rights of workers. In the 19th and early 20th century the workers of America had virtually no rights and were unable to improve their work conditions, salary, etc. With the arrival of unions, the state of the common laborer greatly improved. But today, with so many laws ensuring the rights of employees, unions are doing more harm than good. For example, many analysts believe that union's demand for so many raises and benefits for the auto industry workers has driven it into the ground, so they are no longer able to compete with other countries.” (Nett, 2014).
Now with the boilerplate language out of the way, I would like to clearly explain the reason a life long union supporter would want to walk away from being a part of this particular union.
Currently, unions are able to deny workers of the “right to represent themselves”, and force workers to pay fees for representation even if the worker does not want to. The National Right to Work Act is a bill that is attempting to change this by giving workers the right to figure out whether it is or not they wish to join the labor union and pay its fees (“National Right to Work Act”). It would be beneficial for those that do not wish to support the unions with their own money and have such a right to refuse to. When unions go on strike, they may be getting more benefits for their members, but they are also harming nonunion workers, because of the law of demands, when the wages for union workers goes up, the amount of employees will go down as the employers will not be willing to pay as many workers at that rate (Reynolds). Because of this, nonunion workers will be the first to go as they “are considered “at-will” employees and can be fired at any time for almost any reason” (“Union Plus”). Unions have actually also railroaded the “economic advance of blacks, women, and other minorities”. This is due to the fact that once they raise the wages, there is a limited amount of jobs available so the union can discriminate based off of “blood relationships or skin color” rather than giving the jobs to the most qualified applicants
I don’t need a union. My employer is fair and will take care of me. What could the union get for that I wouldn’t have gotten anyways? Well this is something you should never take for granite and your job is never safe even if you think your employer will take care of you.
From this perspective, trade union is perceived not necessary and the role of it is creating conflict, and it is seen an unwelcome intrusion into the organization from outside competing with management for the loyalty of employees (Rose, 2004). Trade unions exist either as the result of wickedness or perverseness of individual employees, or because of a failure of management to anticipate and incorporate worker needs and concerns (Bray, Deery, Walsh and Waring, 2005).
Individuals have been at work for thousands and thousands of years. Over the last century there have been many changes in the United States that protects workers in their positions and the duties they perform. There has been many changes for employers as well that protects companies and organization and offers beneficial information to keep them in compliance with changes and away from any from and form of discrimination. Over the last century there has been the organization of Unions (Bargaining Unit) in which are to protect workers in their positions, give them fair marketable pay and be the liaison between the employer and employee. Union organizations represent employees and negotiate contracts that
With globalization,many changes have been brought up in the workplaces that are leading towards more flexibility and enrollment of the employees (Tong Fay and Anil Verma,2002). “According to a survey -unionized workers across Canada earned$5- 28/hour more than non-union workers; Women with unions earned more too and got paid more fairly (Why unions? ,2015)”. Thus ,it gives us an idea what changes are being brought about by the unions in comparison to non-union when it comes to the wage sector. The union workplaces give a chance to the members to bargain for their benefits which includes not only social well being but also the say,the right to speak up about their own views therefore giving them the chance to talk about their problems. The union have been progressed to give a fair wage
Union membership and representation is often needed when employees are dissatisfied with the conditions of the workplace or negotiation of compensation to bring change through collective bargaining. However dealing with administrators is not always effective; so the need for union representation come into place. The four strategies the government must address to sustain union membership and representation among public employees is:
Labor Unions could be defined as an organized association of workers, often in a trade or profaession, formed to protect and further their rights and interests. In the arcticle, “Why the Labor Unions were Given a Bloody Nose in Canton, Mississippi,” Richard A. Epstein explains the main claim, or statement, made in this article was that the UAW hoped for success in Canton, but the results were not in the UAW’s favor. This author took a stance on the UAW’s side. Epstein further explained what would’ve happened if the UAW would have won the vote. In the article, "Tesla denies claims that tried to block unionizing effort," by Dee-Ann Durbin, the author explains that Tesla security guards allegedly refused to let off duty employees hand out leaflets about the United Auto Workers union near the doors of the company’s factory. In this article, Dee-Ann Durbin was neutral. The argument that could be made from this article is would be does Tesla need a labor union? The employees also stated that a supervisor threatened to fire employees who passed out stickers, leaflets or other material not approved by Tesla. The UAW can affect Tesla in numerous ways, such as by protecting the employees, defending their rights, and allowing them to receive the respect they deserve. Tesla employees need protection because they might get fired for promoting change within the company. The management of the company stated that workers have tried to leave work when their shift was over, but the upper