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Unions and Labor Relations
A discussion on the past, present and future of union membership and labor relations.
# 152124 | 1,259 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 02, 2013 in Labor Studies (General)

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The paper looks at the history of labor relations and collective bargaining and discusses patterns in employment and labor economics today and the many different reasons why unions exist. The paper reveals that labor unions are predicted to make up less and less of the labor landscape inside the US as the years pass, but nevertheless concludes that unions, in one form or another, will likely always exist within the United States.

From the Paper:

"Unions have existed in nearly every industrialized nation in the world for over a century. They are the topic of much political, social, and economic debate. Unions are still extremely relevant in the United States today, with nearly 13% of the non-agricultural labor force being members (Hannan and Freeman, 1988, pp. 29). In many other countries the percentage of union members relative to the entire workforce is much higher, but given the US still has so many union members, it would be inaccurate to say that they are not a driving force behind labor issues today. At one time, unions had much more political power. In fact, during the 1950's, union workers made up nearly 35% of non-agricultural employed workers. Since this time, union membership has fallen dramatically.
"There are many different theories posited as to why union membership has fallen. Some believe that since countries like Japan, Taiwan, and China have begun to produce much of the world's manufactured goods, that the jobs that were once considered union jobs in the United States have gone overseas to these countries (Foner, 1994, pp. 201). Others hypothesize that the environmental movement has had much to do with the shutting down of unions since many of the union-based industries have become highly regulated since the 1950's and 1960's."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Foner, Philip Sheldon. (1994). History of the Labor Movement in the United States, Volume 2. International Publishers: New York, NY.
  • Hannan, Michael T. and Freeman, John. (1988). "The Ecology of Organizational Mortality: American Labor Unions, 1836-1985." The American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 94, No. 1, pp. 25-52.
  • Noe, Raymond; Hollenbeck, John; Gerhart, Barry, and Patrick Wright. (2007).Fundamentals of Human Resource Management, 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill: Columbus, OH.

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