The role of unions in the twenty-first century
What will be the role of labor unions in the twenty-first century? Some argue that the traditional role of the union in protecting the worker has been usurped by significant legislation protecting the worker against discrimination, unsafe work conditions, and unfair pay. Others point out that unions remain indispensable for several reasons; for example, because “at-will” employment is still the law of the land, meaning that most workers can be fired for any reason.
- How does the role and purpose of the modern union need to be redefined to effectively serve its membership?
- How does the presence of a union influence the job of the HR professional?
Analyze this case using the IRAC method in preparation for your assignment.
These articles will give you background information on the types of union shops to help you analyze the case for your assignment.
- Otani, A. (2013, July 15). Hostess Twinkies return to stores, but unionized jobs disappear. Christian Science Monitor.
- A series of cost saving measures brings Hostess company back from bankruptcy, but at the cost of union jobs.
- Herbert, W. A. (2019). Janus v AFSCME, Council 31: Judges will haunt you in the second gilded age. Relations Industrielles, 74(1), 162–173.
- This article is about the serious changes for rules on public sector unions (such as government employers), and open, closed, union, and agency shops.
Key Labor Laws
These laws and a web page outline the legal rights and obligations of employers and unions.