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The objective of this paper is to provide the history of Union and Labor Relations, outline the advantages and disadvantages of working in a union environment, and to identify ways in which management can successfully manage in a union environment. Today only one in eight Americans belong to a union and even though Labor Relations has declined in the past 30 years, unions still have a major influence in the lives of millions of Americans. America's 15.3 million union members represent a cross section of people -- women and men of all ages, races and ethnic groups. They work in hospitals and nursing homes, auto assembly plants and on construction sites, trains, buses and airplanes. They are security guards, engineers, office workers,…show more content…
Today, this is done without too much stress and strain on either side; usually this takes place in meeting rooms in a very civilized manner with management, employees, and union negotiators. Deals and concessions are made on both sides and once the final contract is agreed on, business continues on. By paying dues and certifying affiliations, union employees gain the power in numbers needed to ensure a better quality of life for themselves and their families. In most cases relationships between management and employees continue on with mutual respect, and the business continues to make a profit. It wasn't always this easy. In the beginning, the union was initially considered a dangerous criminal act against businesses and instead of deals and concession the negotiations consisted of murders and vandalism. In an early colonial America, as society wrestled with massive economic and social changes, labor problems arose. Low wages, long hours, as in dangerous work, and abusive supervisory practices led to high employee turnover. This resulted in violent strikes and threats of social instability. John R. Commons founded and created the first academic industrial relations program at the University of Wisconsin in 1920. He received financial support from John D. Rockefeller Junior, who supported progressive labor-management relationship in the aftermath of the
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