Essay on The Labor-Management Relationship

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Introduction Traditional literature in the field of labor relations has focused immensely on its benefit towards the employer and in the process equating it to working rules. This has been so despite the field being expected to cover the process of, labor management, union formation, and collective bargain; all which are anticipated to create a positive employer-employee relationship. This relationship is said to be positive if there exist a balance between employment functions and the rights of the laborer. Also important to note, is that this relation is equally important to the public sector as it is to the private one. Therefore, to ensure a mutually conducive labor environment exists, effective labor management process and inclusive…show more content…
Notably, it guaranteed employee the right of forming a union and/or being part of it. In addition, it empowered employees to bargain as union for better employment terms and conditions, a process referred to as collective bargain. While initially, these efforts -as mentioned earlier- did not cover employees working in the public sector, things begun to take a turn in the 1960’s. First it was John F. Kennedy who issued executive orders in 1962 which made collective bargain a legal practice in the public sector. Following after in 1969 and 1971, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford respectively expanded the executive orders. Finally Jimmy Carter through the civil service reform act ascertained the US president would no longer enjoy autonomy of interfering with collective bargain process through regulations (Schmidt & Seneviratne, 2003; Haywood & Sijtsma, 2000; Walton, 2008). Recent Labor-Management Relations With the introduction of labor relations in the public sector, collective bargain and consequently labor management was expected to be streamlined. Nonetheless, labor dispute has not been lacking in the US government agencies. Salary and wages, work benefits, and overtime, related issue, particularly have been the cause of these disputes. Evidently, reaching a common understanding between labor unions and government agency has been uphill task. As result, unions have agreed, although cautiously, to incorporate Quality of Work Life (QWL) and other
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