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Textbook Chapter 12 Understanding EmployeeManagement Issues and RelationsEmployeeManagementIssuesManagement has the responsibility of producing a profit through maximum productivity while labour the collective term for nonmanagement workers is interested in fair and competent management human dignity decent working conditions a reasonable share in the wealth that its work generates and assurance that the conditions of the contract and government labour laws will not be ignored As more traditional labourintensive jobs are lost due to technology and competition from lower wage countries the issues of job security and retraining for the new information age jobs have become key concerns for unions and the people they representTheNeedforTradeUnionsUnion An employee organization that has the main goal of representing members in employee management bargaining over jobrelated issues Workers originally formed unions to protect themselves from intolerable work conditions and unfair treatmentAs number of union members grew workers gained more negotiating power with managers and more political power as well Global competition shifts from manufacturing to service and hightech industries growth in part time work and changes in management philosophies are some reasons for labours decline Unions may regain strength as companies become more involved in practices such as outsourcing TradeUnionsfromDifferentPerspectivesThrough the union structure and the collective bargaining process employers can level off labour costs across entire markets and create optimum standards in training and health and safety practices that can be properly enforced through their collective agreements Critics of organized labour state that it has become a large industrial entity in itself and that the real issue of protecting workers has become secondary Unions can thus be bureaucratic resistant to change and political whereby some union leaders may be selfserving and act counter to a unions best interest TheEarlyHistoryofOrganizedLabourCraft Union An organization of skilled specialists in a particular craft or tradeIndustrial revolution pushed the need for unions because workers were working in unsafe conditions long hours and child labour was being usedIt was illegal to attempt to form a union in Canada so there were many protestsIndustrial Union Consists of unskilled and semiskilled workers in mass production industries such as automobile manufacturing and mining
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