wk 4 discussion learn labor unions

Post a total of 3 substantive responses over 2 separate days for full participation. This includes your initial post and 2 replies to other students.

Write a 175- to 265-word response to the following:

Describe the advantages and disadvantages of unions from the perspective of employees and employers? What factors have affected labor unions and the employee-employer relationship?

Reply to at least 2 of your classmates. Be constructive and professional in your responses.

Student 1

the advantage of labor unions for the perspective of employers- employers get a well trained and stable workforce, employers have fewer days lost because of work-related injuries or illnesses. Labor contracts give the employer the ability to more accurately predict future operation costs for a fixed time period, negotiating a contract with one party, the union, is much easier than having to negotiate a wage and job description with each individual employee-Disadvantage-union rules base raises and promotion on seniority,k not performance, employees is deprived of improvements in productivity because the employee has no incentive to do a better job, rewarding employees is difficult-union contracts take away incentives, it’s difficult to for an employer to discipline or terminate and employee, business become less competitive-contracts with labor unions can result in substantially higher wages and benefits, employers could be force to charge higher prices for their products, making them less competitive, labor unions could interrupt work flow by calling for strikes, in worst case, an employer could experience a decline in profitability, forcing him to lay off employees or even jeopardizing the company ability to survive.

W. J., Advantages & Disadvantages of Unions for Employers, (October 20, 2018). Retrieved from https://bizfluent.com/info-1214028-advantages

Student 2

They can be many advantages and disadvantages for a union. Unions can provide worker protection. Most of the US are a at will employer, which means employer and employee can choose to separate any time. For union member it not that easy, an employee there must be just cause for termination. This can be difficult for an employer to terminate an employee. Unions members are also provided with better wages and benefits. This is done through the collective bargaining process (“Collective bargaining is a process of negotiation between employers and a group of employees aimed at agreements to regulate working salaries, working conditions, benefits, and other aspects of workers’ compensation and rights for workers”). This can pose a problem with employer. Employer will also have to raise wages for nonunion member also, in order to compete and retain good employees. The cons of a union are- unions require dues and fees that are deducted from your paycheck, where a nonunion member does not have any fees. They can also discourage individuality-union worker are bound by the decisions of the union even if they disagree with the decision, whereas a regular employee is not. This can also affect productivity and slow down work. Depending on location a Union representative may not be readily to discuss any issues that may arise. The benefits to employees and an employer relationship are dialogue between employers and employees, which can build commitment and trust.