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University of Toronto Mississauga
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Ch10 Labour RelationsSunday 20 April 20141506EMPLOYEE MANAGEMENT ISSUESRelationship between mangers and labourManagers are responsible for profitability through maximizing productivityDont win them popularity contests Labour nonmanagement workers demands for fair and competent management human dignity decent working conditions a reasonable share in the wealth that its work generates etc Issues must be worked out through open discussion goodwill and compromiseTo see both sides of the issueTo cope with the rapid changing economy management has been laying off employees automating operations and demanding more flexibility in how it uses its remaining workforceSimplify and thin out organizational structureSkilled workers with 1520 or 25 years of experience have found themselves unemployedDue to technology and competitionThe need for trade unionsUnionan employee organization that has the main goal of representing members in employee management bargaining over jobrelated issuesUsed to function as a protection for workers from intolerable work conditions and unfair treatmentNow they get more negotiating power with managers and more political powerEstablishment of minimumwage laws overtime rules workers compensation severance pay childlabour laws etc Labour decline due toHigh tech industries instead of manufacturingGrowth in parttime workChanges in management philosophiesBelieved that unions will regain strength as companies become more involved in practices such as outsourcingTERADE UNIONS FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVESUnion is a outgrowth of the economic transition Industrial RevolutionWorkers are dependent on factory jobs and assembly line for livingFrom agricultural economy to form an industrial economy was quite difficultTherefore workers learned to adapt to the usefulness of unions because they would help them to gain better wages and improve working conditions etcThe early history of organized labourCraft unionan organization of skilled specialists in a particular craft or tradeFormed to address fundamental work issues of pay hours conditions and job securityHelped to protect their craft and status from being underminedEarly labour organizations wereLocal or regional Achieve some shortrange goal eg inc wage then disbanded afer attaining a specific objectionHowever there were no such thing as minimum wage benefits or unemployment subsidiesIndustrial Unionconsists of unskilled and semiskilled workers in massproduction industries such as automobile manufacturing and miningFormed to represent certain workers Union movement was greatly influenced by immigrants from Europeesp BritainMGM102 Page 1
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