Individual Assignment02 Essay

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Individual Assignment 2 Negotiations The Maple Grove Case 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. However, after a lengthy campaign the union organizing drive was successful. Jim Byer was hired as the company spokesperson to negotiate the first agreement between the parties and he and his team worked with Ralph Goodall, the chief spokesperson and business agent for the union. Negotiations did not go well. Both parties felt the…show more content…
(5 marks) Question 2 Jim will need to calculate the impact of the 20% wage proposal by the union. How does the proposal impact on the average hourly wage rate, the wage impacted benefit rate, the non-wage impacted benefit rate and the total compensation rate for Maple Grove in the first year of the new agreement? (5 marks) Question 3 Jim will need to calculate the impact of the safety boot and pension proposal on the non-wage impacted benefit calculation in the first year of the new agreement. He will assume each employee works a 40-hour week, 52 weeks per year. Calculate the new non-wage impacted benefit? (5 marks) Question 4 Jim doesn’t think he can agree to the union’s language on contracting out because as written it could severely limit the company’s flexibility. What language, if any, should Jim propose to attempt to resolve this issue? (10 marks) Question 5 Jim doesn’t think he can agree to the union’s language on technological change because as written it could severely limit the company’s flexibility. What language, if any, should Jim propose to attempt to resolve this issue? (10 marks) Question 6 How should Jim respond to Union Proposals #9 and #10? (5 marks) Question 7 If the parties reach an impasse during negotiations, discuss the process that they must follow prior to a legal strike or lockout scenario. (10 marks) Question 8 Negotiations have

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