Please watch these videos BEFORE listening to/reading the assigned clips/article

Please watch these videos BEFORE listening to/reading the assigned clips/articles below (Do NOT use these videos for your written assignment): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nESQX_qTZzA and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D6F6PLZN8E
Review the following radio clips/articles, and submit your work as directed below:
https://www.npr.org/local/305/2020/05/14/856129908/will-the-pandemic-inspired-wave-of-unionization-efforts-lead-to-greater-protections (Links to an external site.)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-union-membership-hits-another-record-low-11579715320 (Links to an external site.)
NOTE: Please utilize the WU Library’s databases to access the latter story above, if necessary.
Weekly assignments must be written in the following format (Weekly Written Assignment Format_715.docx
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Identify one positive specific fact from each story above.
Identify one negative specific fact from each story above.
Identify one interesting specific fact from each story above.
Link a theory/concept from Chapters 5 & 6 to specific facts in the stories above (2 Total—Cite page and chapter numbers–each chapter MUST be utilized…one per story!).
Identify the theory/concept and define/explain it.
Briefly describe its linkage to the specific fact(s) within each story.
NOTES:
Submit as an attached MS Word document–300 words max TOTAL!
Example–Do NOT copy
One positive specific fact from each story:
Story 1 – The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for worker safety and benefits especially with nonessential workers and many local workers are turning to unions.
Story 2 – Union memberships rose with State Government employees during 2019.
One negative specific fact from each story:
Story 1 – Union membership has declined since the 1950’s to only 10% of workers and points to a direct relationship with wage and benefit inequalities for workers.
Story 2 – Union membership fell by 170,000 workers in 2019 even though 2.1 million new jobs were created by US employers during 2019.
One interesting specific fact from each story:
Story 1 – Recessions are not a good time to unionize since companies are suffering and laying off workers.
Story 2 – Wage growth is minimal in the US in 2019 since a small percentage of the 2.1 million jobs created were unionized.
Identify the theory/concept and explain it:
Story 1 – An employee-initiated organizing drive due to low pay, excessive overtime, lack of respect, or overall safety concern and employees organize on their own due to common concerns. (Chapter 6, Page 194)
Story 2 – There are about 100 National Unions in the US and most the local unions are a part of a National Union. (Chapter 5, page 165)
Briefly describe the linkage between the specific fact(s) within each story:
Story 1 – Nonessential workers marginalization was highlighted during the pandemic and this caused many workers to initiate union drives.
Story 2 – State Governments are part of National Unions and therefore the increase in overall jobs in the US in 2019 increased Union workers of Government employees. These unions are established and include many local unions.
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Issues to consider…
Chapter 5:
Up to this point, we have been exposed to the up and downs of how and why labor laws were implemented in the US. As we have seen, right or wrong, people fought and died for what they believed was fair and just. Although it may seem that these laws were established as an effort to pit labor against management in an adversarial environment, upon further examination we find that not unlike in many organizational structures there are variations within. Therefore, we need to study these differences in order to establish relationships built on trust and not fear or prejudice.
“…on the plant level companies will inevitably take advantage of the absence of an assertive union or of any union at all, to trim costs. That doesn’t make them bad apples, unless this is carried to an extreme or laws are clearly flouted, it simply means they are acting in a rational fashion on behalf of their own goals as employers.”
-Philip Dine
Chapter 6:
With less than 12 percent of the US workforce belonging to a labor union of some sort, unions are under pressure to grow their memberships. As mentioned earlier, union market share in the private sector continues to decline (currently down to around 7 percent). Interesting enough, the public sector numbers were gaining until a number of states have recently pushed for Right-to-Work laws. It is no secret that employees in non-union firms do not wish to see the union ranks wither away to zero. After all, the union wage and benefit package assists these non-union workers for benchmarking their firm’s compensation structure. Later in this semester we will explore additional approaches for unions to consider, including but not limited to updating the NLRA to fit the demands of today’s workplace.
“When working people’s solidarity has been limited in scope and vision, the privileged classes—economic, social, and political elites—set the rules. When restricted by democratic controls, they have changed the rules to restore “balance” to their advantage.”
-Priscilla Murolo & AB Chitty

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