Human Resources Test Case

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Case study choice 1: Read the Application Case 15-1 on pages 503-505 of the textbook. Answer the following questions based on your reading of the case and the material in Chapter 15. Your response should be at least 3 pages in length, and you should cite references relied upon for your answers. All references should be cited according to APA guidelines, including the textbook.
a. Evaluate the various claims made by the union and counterclaims made by the company regarding the charges of unfair labor practices. Which of the arguments are most persuasive?
Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor states, “It shall be an unfair labor practice for an employer to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of the rights
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The union also stated that the company threatened employees with deprivation of benefits if the union should be elected to represent them. This refers to both the veiled threats of Larry Melton when he told Thompson that he had always had it good and that it was his last chance and when Leo Nord told Cecil Snow that the rent free apartments would go away if the union won the election. The company’s claim that even if Melton had threatened the employees he had been terminated over a month prior to the election may hold up, but the claim that Nord was simply stating an opinion which is protected by the Section 8(c) probably will not hold up. The NRLB would most likely rule that Nord was acting as an agent of the company and that it was a legitimate threat. The claim that the company threatened employees for refusing to reveal the identities of employees who attended a union meeting again is based on the actions of Melton which may or may not hold up due to the fact that he was terminated by the company.
The charge of informing an employee that it knew the employee had joined the union is also based on the actions of Melton’s actions. Again this may or may not hold up. The last charge of promising to pay employees for certain medical benefits to
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