Essay on Management and Union Relationships in an Organization

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Management and Union Relationships in an Organization

In today’s business environment, the relationship between management and union can play a vital role in the success of an organization. My research of the roles of unions and management will enable me to present concrete information of how these two entities perform in an organization.

The Role of Management in an Organization

“Management is the process of working with people and resources to accomplish organizational goals” (Bateman & Snell, 2007). In an organization, management has the responsibility of performing four major functions. These functions consist of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.
According to (Carter McNamara, n.d.), “As planners, management
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A union-management relation is not about playing out a Noh dance of ritualized motions or technical legalisms--it is an intensely human connection that affects the lives of managers and unionists alike. And as a very human connection, it carries with it the seeds of creativity and innovation” (Cohen-Rosenthal & Alfandre, 1995).
During the 1950’s labor contracts renewed every three years. Each contract term was seen as progress to a better way of life. Unions and management who still believe in this idea are losing benefits accumulated over time. The predictable foundations of those benefits and collective bargaining seem to not work in this day and time.
Collective bargaining has produced innovations and progress within organizations. According to (Cohen-Rosenthal & Alfandre, 1995), “Numerous advances, such as new forms of employee participation in the workplace were first introduced at the bargaining table: New benefit packages, new types of working hours, new investment funds, new learning arrangements, and family friendly policies, etc.”
When developing a labor-management partnership, one must understand and honor the significant differences between the traditional union and management workplace cultures. Both sides will have their own assumptions, values, and way of doing business. If the differences are not properly managed, they could get in the way of the partnership.
According to (M. Scott

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