Bargaining for Competitiveness: Law, Research, and Case by Richard N. Block (Editor)

By Richard N. Block (Editor)

This ebook bargains an research of the connection between collective bargaining, enterprise competitiveness, and employment protection/creation within the usa. The participants supply an outline of the systemic views of collective bargaining, then stick to with 4 instructive case experiences that offer insights into the method of collective bargaining and its present prestige within the evolving U.S. labor-management approach.

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They often use their labor relations systems as a vehicle for competitive advantage visà-vis other firms. Thus, if they believe that collective bargaining can be used to enhance competitiveness, they will so use it. On the other hand, if employers believe that collective bargaining makes it more difficult than otherwise to be competitive, they will resist collective bargaining. TLFeBOOK 28 Block Similarly, there is no employer institution that encourages the use of collective bargaining for employment protection.

477 [1960, 484–487]) Legislation passed in 1947 is equally clear regarding what the parties are obligated to do in bargaining, and what they are not obligated to do. To bargain collectively is the performance of the mutual obligation of the employer and the representative of the employees to meet at reasonable times and confer in good faith with respect to wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment, or the negotiation of an agreement, or any question arising thereunder, and the execution of a written contract incorporating any agreement reached if requested by either party, but such obligation does not compel either party to agree to a proposal or require the making of a concession.

Many firms have both unionized and nonunion facilities, and some firms have facilities represented by different unions. On occasion, more than one union may represent different classifications of employees in one facility. This system gives many employers competitiveness options away from the union in addition to negotiating with the union. Alternatively, multiple unions within a firm raise the possibility of employer use of coercive comparisons, comparing the willingness of one union or local to compromise with the willingness of other unions or locals to compromise.

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