The Benefits of Labor Unions Among United States Workers

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THE PUBLIC POLICY

ANALYST

THE BENEFITS OF LABOR

UNIONS AMONG UNITED

STATES WORKERS

AIM: CAN LABOR UNIONS BENEFIT

WORKERS?

• Can unions provide the vehicle for change?

• Identifying A Social

Problem.

• Can higher wages and benefits affect workers economically, politically and socially?

QUESTIONS (Social Problems)

• Do Non-union workers earn lower wages?

• Does union activity aid in understanding governmental policy?

• Does union membership help or hamper a workers’ ability to access needed health care?

• Are there other benefits to be gained through union membership?

GATHERING EVIDENCE OF THE

PROBLEM

• How Do We Obtain

Information In Order To

Answer Theses Questions?

INFORMATION SOURCES FOR UNIONS AND

EMPLOYMENT FACTS

• UFT NY TEACHER

• U.S. Dept. of Labor – statistics bureau

• New York State Dept. of

Labor

• AFL-CIO

• National Labor Relations

Board

• Journal of Labor Relations

• Labor’s Heritage

• IBEW Journal and Media

Relations Dept.

• Eugene V. Debs Home –

Museum

• A. Philip

Randolph/Pullman Porter

Museum Gallery

• http://www.mgbgs.com

ARE THERE REASONS WHY

WORKERS WOULD OR WOULD

NOT BELONG TO UNIONS?

• Do workers know enough about unions?

• What are government policies towards union?

• What are company policies toward unions?

• What is the History of unions in this country?

EXISTING PUBLIC POLICIES

• PRO-UNION

• Wagner Act,1935 –

National Labor

Relations Act

• -right to organize & bargain collectively

• ANTI-UNION

• Taft-Hartley Act

• - prohibited closed shop

• - abolished checkoff system

EVALUATING PUBLIC POLICIES

• Advantages of Wagner

Act 1935

• 1.________________

2.________________

3.________________

4.________________

5.________________

6.________________

7.________________

• Disadvantages of

Wagner Act 1935

• 1.________________

2.________________

3.________________

4.________________

5.________________

6.________________

7.________________

EVALUATING PUBLIC POLICIES

II

• Advantages Taft-

Hartley Act 1947

• 1.________________

2.________________

3.________________

4.________________

5.________________

6.________________

7.________________

• Disadvantages Taft-

Hartley Act 1947

• 1.________________

2.________________

3.________________

4.________________

5.________________

6.________________

7.________________

EVALUATING PUBLIC POLICIES

HOW CAN WE HELP DEVELOP

DEVELOP SOLUTIONS TO

THESE POLICIES?

• POSSIBLE WAYS.

• Write letters to politicians

• Invite unions to speak on solutions

• Campaign for or against bills

• Petition corporations

LARGEST U.S. LABOR ORGANIZATIONS

• 1. International Brotherhood of Teamsters 1,891,000

• 2.National Education Association 1,684,000

• 3. United Automobile Workers 1,357,000

• 4.United Food and Commercial Workers 1,300,000

• 5. United Steel Workers 1,238,000

• 6. Am. Fed. Of State, County,& Municipal Wks. 1,098,000

• 7. International Brotherhood of Electrical Wks 1,041,000

• 8. United Brotherhood of Carpenters 784,000

• 9. International Association of Machinists 754,000

• 10. Service Employees International Union 650,000

SELECT THE BEST

SOLUTION OR ANSWER TO

THE TOPIC

• THINGS YOU HAVE

• THINGS YOU MUST

DONE IN THIS

DO TO ARRIVE AT

SEARCH.

SOLUTIONS.

• 1. Studied questions

• 1. Develop public about benefits of policy solutions union membership

• 2. Gathered Evidence

• 2. Select the best

• 3. Identified Reasons solutions to the issue at hand.

• 4. Evaluated Policies

THE PUBLIC POLICY

ANALYST

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