HRM 586 Final Exam Answers
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HRM 586 Final Exam 1
1. (TCO A) You are the new leader of the local union at your company. There are many new employees who have joined the union in the past year, and they have questions about the way union membership works. These new employees are not sure about how to be in the union and still interact with the boss. It seems to some of them that in their non-union jobs, they would just say and do what it took to get their questions answered, and they did not see much difference between themselves and the boss. Others want to run to the union steward every time the boss says something they don t like.
2. (TCO B) There are a number of social, economic, and business factors that are either helping or slowing down the development of the union movement. Describe the changes in the political climate that have helped or hindered growth of unions. Identify key legislation that has changed the way in which unions or companies operate in a union setting. (Points : 34)
3. (TCO C) Labor Management relations have been affected by political and legal forces since the mid 1900s. Describe laws that are relevant to negotiations. Which laws favor employers, and which favor unions? Close out with a discussion of the importance of these laws within the scope of the negotiating teams. (Points : 34)
4. (TCO D) Describe the differences of operations between the local unions and national unions. How are each involved in helping union employees? Describe the interactions between employees and representatives at both levels. (Points : 34)
5. (TCO E) The AFL-CIO and its leaders from the past help define the labor movement in the U.S. and help define where the union movement is today. How have the AFL-CIO (federation) national and local unions been involved politically? What impact has this had on unions and legislation passed? (Points : 34)
1. (TCO I) When you examine a negotiated agreement, you will find a variety of issues that can be put into the category of wages or economic concerns. However, the contract is not limited to these issues. There are a variety of issues that go beyond economic concerns, such as the union obligations. It is not just that management is required to perform a certain way according to the requirements of the contract. It is often felt by management that they are giving up everything in order to live by the contract.
2. (TCO G) Two industries (Industry X and Industry Y) are run by labor unions. Even though the unions overseeing these industries are considered honest and conscientious, we have seen a large disparity in pay between the industries. In fact, the wages in Industry X are now three times the rate as those of Industry Y. What factors account for the differences in these two industries? (Points : 34)
3. (TCO F) The centerpiece of almost every negotiation is the issue of wages. The topic has become complex and is typically the catalyst for a strike. Of course, the topic of wages is multidimensional. It's not just the salary that union member are making that impacts the profitability of the organization or the cost of products and services on the market. There are other costs that go into making up the total reward paid to any employee, including the union worker. It is this bigger picture of labor costs that concerns management during negotiations.
4. (TCO H) If the collective bargaining process is to be successful, it is important that both sides come prepared to bargain. This means that both management and labor must make plans and develop a strategy before they even look across the table at the other party. It is often this preparation that determines to what extent one side gets its way more than the other side. It is impossible to walk into negotiations without knowing the costs that are potentially involved in the new contract arrangement.