Labour Relations Unions

A labour union is an officially recognized body representing a group of employees who have joined together to present a collective voice in dealing with management. The GWC Valve USA company has been thinking about possibly considering a union since the goal of unions is to achieve greater control over the jobs being performed, greater job security, working conditions which leads to higher job satisfaction and therefore decreases the turnover rate in any company. There are membership trends such as first, there is huge global competition which unions since labour unions have started to decline quickly yet it is said that union workers do get paid more. The second trend is that there are white collar unions which are career fields such as nursing, teaching, bank employees, and any civil service.

There is a big question that several people do ask which is why join a union if you have to pay 1500$ a year even though you get the same things as other workers who are not unionized? When you are unionized, you can still get laid off, there is no guaranteed job security at all. Depending on the nature of work, service, contract of whether you are self employed you can still get laid off. An example of this is the Post Office are heavily unionized but it’s not saving their jobs at all. The Post Office was even invented international and one of the reasons for their failure was due to them not having technology that met today’s advancement.

Labour Relations Process

Step 1: Seek Collective Representation

Step 2: Organizing Campaign Begins

Step 3: Official Recognition 50% + 1

Step 4: Collective Agreement

Step 5: Day-to-day Contract Administration Begins

Some employers are really against unions because even though it is more organized it does cost a lot of money and there was a case where an employer said they couldn’t afford it and they would shut the store down if they became unionized, the employees didn’t listen and the franchise owner shut down the store and thousands of people lost their job.