Unions in the Workplace: Are they Still Needed?

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Northern Kentucky University
"Unions have been in the workplace for decades to serve the purpose of delivering equality for employees. One of the main roles of the union is to work with the leadership in the organization to help resolve workplace issues. Over the years, Human Resources (HR) in the public sector has changed from a focus on developing employee hard skills (education, training) to advancing a softer skill approach including employee behaviors, commitments, and developments. Along with these changes, HR also had an increasing role in conflict management and other factors traditionally associated with unions. With HR departments in organizations evolving to meet various organizational needs, are unions less necessary? This study explores existing literature to gain a better understanding of union relevance in today’s workplace."
2020 Celebration of Student Research and Creativity presentation
Labor unions, Personnel management