This research paper examines significant roles played by the labor unions in the United States. A declining rate of union membership has been seen during the last few decades. Globalization, outsourcing jobs, economical changes, and new technological advancements, and inactive roles of labor unions themselves are few strong factors responsible for declining rate of union membership. On the other hand, labor unions have also adopted new strategic ways to re-organize their efforts and operations. Labor unions have played a significant role in improving the employees' working conditions, issue of minimum wage, safety, and working environment. New reforms and working structure are also needed within different labor unions to make them more effective. Different labor unions are also thinking to merge with each other which can provide more efficiency and effectiveness within unions.
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[...] Despite decreasing level of labor union membership in the United States, labor unions have also played significant and innovative roles to maximize organizational values. Schwab and Thomas (1998), mention that shareholder activism is an example of new and innovative ways applied by labor unions to strengthen their power and influence. For example, in 1997, labor unions played a very important role by supporting a shareholder's resolution to cap executive base salaries at $ 1 million for General Electric. Another example is related to Teamsters labor union which participated in the publication of a list of least valuable directors of different companies. [...]
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[...] Labor unions have played a significant role in improving the working conditions of employees. It is also obvious that labor unions can play a strong role in making connection between employers and workers. Frundt (2002) claims that globalization is a major factor of decreasing the role of labor unions. It is more likely to see the presence of fragmentation of labor market, violation of workers' rights, and lowering level of working conditions due to the destruction of labor unions. Due to new economic trends and rapid changes in workplace environment, labor union membership is declining, but complete destruction of labor unions can impact the workplace setting and working conditions in a negative way. [...]
[...] Thomas (2004) mentions that political parties in the United States have also played their role to influence the labor movement and laws. Usually, Democratic Party favors the presence of labor union. On the other hand, most republicans discourage activities related to labor movement and unions. Thomas (2004) claims that transferring labor movement to states where democrats are in majority can be very helpful to organize labor unions in the United States. According to Bok (1971), labor laws and unions are sources which provide employees' rights of joining a union, negotiating with employers, striking within limits, getting reasonable minimum wages, and insuring certain economic standards (p. [...]
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