Human Capital Management – Hrm 531

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Human Capital Management – HRM 531 Labor Laws and Unions Week 3 Labor Laws and Unions Michelle Mackey Human Capital Management – HRM 531 02/12/2012 Instructor: Bob Hanks Labor Laws and Unions Abstract My family has an extensive history in the U.S. Postal Service therefore the appeal of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO was irresistible. My grandfather, godfather, aunt, brother-in-law and even I have worked for the USPS in one capacity or the other. As a student worker during my college days I found out why unions are important, and a necessity in the USPS. I was a scab (non-union worker) unwanted, unappreciated and over worked not to mention easily…show more content…
While another recent bill (H.R.3813) recently passed through the House of Oversight and Government Reform Committee would increase the amount postal and federal employees contribute to their retirement by 1.5 percent, with the increase phased in over three years, beginning in 2013 (Guffey, 2012). Process, Benefits, and Effects of Unionization “APWU membership is open to any USPS employee, regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, political affiliation, age or religion” (Guffey, 2012). Supervisors and managers are allowed to join the APWU however they are not allowed to participate in the union activities; they are only participants in the Health Plan (Guffey, 2012). Regular members have the right to participate in local meetings, to vote for local and national officers, to vote on the contract, to run for office, and to petition for change in the union. Members are encouraged to join both a local and national chapter of the union. Both levels represent change. On the local level the union deals with the day to day for area workers while the national level deals with congress and the concerns addressed by the national convention of APWU. There is a separate division and
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