Publication Date

1-1-1993

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Scheck, Christine L.

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

Department

Department of Management

Abstract

A contemporary point of view blames unions for America's deterioration in international competitiveness. In fact, this view was expressed by one of my peers in a class at Northern Illinois University. This and other related incidents have prompted me to explore the issue of whether organized labor has outlived its usefulness or if a different route would be more advantageous. It seems as though many of today's young professionals see unions as having a negative impact in this new global economy. Many perceive them as relics of the past; serving only to decrease productivity and benefit workers at the cost of employers and non-union employees. Much of the research that is prevalent is focused on the economic effect unions have on competitiveness of unionized firms. The results of this research is both controversial and varied. For every article that promotes the positive effects of unions, there exists research that totes results to the exact contrary. The introductory sections of this paper attempt to lay a framework from which the reader can comprehend the societal perceptions and current state of unions. Based on this analysis, I will establish several new roles for organized labor in America, which better compliment the move to a global economy. H10The purpose of the study is to provide a review of current strategies used to improve union's contribution to American businesses. It is my hope that my efforts will improve the understanding of the economic, social, and strategic role of labor unions in modern society.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

31 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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