Unionization of Ford Motor Company Essay
Human Capital Management 531
February 27,2012 professor: Ricky Owen
Unionization of Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company Background
At the beginning of the century, cars were merely toys that only the rich could afford and were very complicated to drive. Henry Ford did not invent the automobile, he created a car that every typical, average American would be able to afford. Henry Ford was able to produce affordable cars because he introduced the idea of the assembly line to manufacturing the cars. The efficiency in which the cars were manufactured allowed Henry Ford to decrease the cost of the Model "T" from $825 to $575 within four years of the cars debut. As a result, Ford's share of the …show more content…
If Ford were forced to furlough many of the employees, and jobs after bargaining with UAW they could face many legal issues with the union because this would be considered a breach of contract. Even though emotions may run high during unionization campaigns, management is prohibited by law from threatening or interfering with union organizers or drives. These threats include being disciplined, or discharged, or promising to withhold future benefits if the union succeeds.
Unions must also abide by rules as well when recruiting people. Unions must not threatened or coerce employees if they do not want to join the union. "The union can picket the employer only if (1) the employer is not currently unionized, (2) the petition for election has been filed with the NLRB in the past 30 days, and (3) a representation election has not been held during the previous year" (Cascio, 2010).
If Ford could negotiate layoffs with the union, Ford may still face class action lawsuits if they cannot show just cause and prove that discrimination did not take place during the layoffs. If more of one group of workers; (ie. women or African Americans) are laid off Ford also can be accused of favoritism and again be faced with discrimination law suits. Recommendations to