Viewpoints Of Collective Bargaining

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Unions have two distinct viewpoints: the business and the union viewpoint (Shmoop Editorial Team, 2008). These two viewpoints help to forge the relationships within individual corporations that can impact the collective bargaining process. However, when it comes to unions differences can exist within public and private sector unions. This is why having a good understanding of the negotiating process and some of the various organizational leadership competencies can be an important aspect of unions (Shmoop Editorial Team, 2008). The two basic viewpoints of a union are the business and the union. The business viewpoint is that employers should have the freedom they deem necessary to run their business as they see fit, with little to no outside …show more content…
Collective bargaining is defined as, “The process by which representatives of union members and employers attempt to negotiate a mutually acceptable labor agreement” (Cengage Brain, n.d., pp. A1-5). Due to federal laws, certain topics are mandated to be dealt with when brought up by either side and these topics are: wages, benefits, hours of work, and other terms that may directly relate to working conditions (Cengage Brain, n.d., pp. A1-5). When it comes to the history of unions, the collective bargaining process was meant as a means to clearly define topics that had to be handled by an employer. These are topics that cannot be avoided and must eventually reach an agreement that is mutually acceptable to both sides. Two topics that have been current trends in labor relations practices were brought about by the National Labor Relations Board (Dolin, 2012). The first trend is that financial information about the employer is becoming a commonly requested document when it comes time to negotiate over things such as wages and benefits. The next trend deals with lockouts and permanent replacements of strikers. This trend is being used as a means to help protect workers during a strike so that they do not fear retaliation by the employer during the duration of a strike and lose their job during a collective bargaining process (Dolin, …show more content…
These competencies can include, but not be limited to analytical skills, communication, flexibility, legal and ethical practices, performance, problem solving, teamwork, strategic approach, and research (Weiler & Schoonover, 2001). It is important that some if not all of these leadership competencies exist by those involved in the negotiation process, because it can enable the process to be more streamline and result in a more positive outcome. However, if neither party is able or willing to utilize these competencies, then it would be important to consider the utilization of mediation or arbitration in order to reach a desired

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