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4 Labor Relations Project
Happy Trails, LLC. is a medium-sized independent living home, a for-profit
facility located in a suburban environment. Due to traffic and road congestion,
this eldercare facility is the most convenient independent living home near the
city. Independent living homes in the city offer many of the same services as
Happy Trails, but are more expensive. The elderly may go to a several hospitals
for acute health care issues.
In a response to the changing economy and
patient access from the suburban areas to the city, Happy Trails has taken some
measures to compete, become more attractive, and build on its long-term care
for patients in the surrounding areas. It has reduced overtime allotments of
its seasoned patient care staff, and has terminated several registered nurses.
As the registered nurses leave Happy Trails, they are replaced by Licensed
Practical Nurses (LPNs), who receive lower compensation and fewer benefits.
The health care facilities in the city are
unionized and are well represented by an experienced union business agent. The
union has recently negotiated superior wages and benefits at the independent
living homes in the city.
In terms of the health care professionals
employed there, Happy Trails is not so happy now because the union representing
the other facilities has received the attention of the Happy Trails LPNs.
Complete a 1,400- to 2,100-word paper that responds to the following questions:
As a Learning Team, you are a group of
individuals who are members of a consulting firm. You are responsible for
representing these LPNs and advising them regarding the following questions: