First, download the Attitudes Towards Unions test and complete it (see link below). Read each column and select the best answer for you. If you are unsure of which column to check, take your “best guess.” After taking the test, count up the number of A’s and the number of B’s you selected. Depending upon what you selected, you will either support unions or support more business.
Q1a What was your total A’s and B’s? Share with the class the possible causes for any positive or negative feelings about labor relations/unions. Find one or two questions that you strongly identify with and share why. Then try and find a current event around your view and share with the class how this is still an important matter. Try to find a well written publication that discusses the issue rather than a generic news source.
Q1b. Describe your union experience, or if none, research current benefits and downsides of being a union member (give a few examples), and comment on whether or not you would like to be part of a union.
Don’t forget to use the proper sourcing.
ATTITUDES TOWARD UNIONS
To examine your general attitude toward unions and discuss the possible causes for any positive or negative
Complete the following survey. The statements in this survey are listed in pairs. Put an X next to the statement that
you agree with more firmly. If you strongly agree with the statement, put two Xs next to it. You may not entirely
agree with either of them, but be sure to mark one of the statements. Do not omit any item. When you have
completed the survey, add the “a” Xs and the “b” Xs and compare.
After the completion of the survey, your instructor will ask a group with more “a” answers and a group with more
“b” answers to lead a discussion of attitudes toward unions and labor–management relations.
1. (a) Unions are an important, positive force in our society.
(b) The country would be much better off without unions.
2. (a) Without unions, the state of personnel management would be set back a hundred years.
(b) Management is largely responsible for introducing humanistic programs and practices in organizations
3. (a) Unions help organizations become more productive.
(b) Unions make it difficult for management to produce a product or service efficiently.
4. (a) Today’s standard of living is largely due to the efforts of the labor movement.
(b) The wealth that people are able to enjoy today is largely the result of creativity, ingenuity, and risk taking
by management decision makers.
5. (a) Most unions are moral and ethical institutions.
(b) Most unions are as corrupt as the Mafia.
6. (a) Unions afford the worker protection against arbitrary and unjust management practices.
(b) Managers will treat their employees fairly regardless of whether a union exists.
7. (a) Unions want their members to be hardworking productive employees.
(b) Unions promote job security rather than worker productivity.
8. (a) Unions promote liberty and freedom for the individual employee.
(b) With the union, employees lose their individual freedoms.
9. (a) Section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act (which allows individual states to pass right-to-work laws) should be
(b) Congress should pass federal right-to-work legislation.
10. (a) Unions are instrumental in implementing new, efficient work methods and techniques.
(b) Unions resist management efforts to adopt new, labor-saving technology.
11. (a) Without unions, employees would not have a voice with management.
(b) Labor–management communication is strengthened with the absence of a union.
12. (a) Unions make sure that decisions about pay increases and promotions are fair.
(b) Union politics often play a role in deciding which union employee gets a raise or is promoted.
13. (a) The monetary benefits that unions bargain for are far greater than the dues the member must pay to the
(b) Union dues are usually too high for what the members get through collective bargaining.
14. (a) Employee discipline is administered fairly if the organization is unionized.
(b) Union procedures generally make the disciplinary process slow, cumbersome, and costly.
15. (a) Without the union, the employee would have no one with whom to discuss work-related problems.
(b) The best and most accessible person for the employee to discuss work-related problems with is the
16. (a) Union officers at all levels carry out their jobs in a competent and professional manner.
(b) Union officers are basically political figures who are interested primarily in their own welfare.
17. (a) Most unions seek change through peaceful means.
(b) Most unions are prone to use violence to get what they want.
18. (a) Unions are truly domestic institutions with full participation of the rank and file.
(b) Unions are controlled by the top leadership rather than by the rank and file.
19. (a) Union members do the real work in our society and form the backbone of our country.
(b) Union employees are basically manual laborers who would flounder without management’s direction and
20. (a) Unions are necessary to balance the power and authority of management.
(b) The power and authority of management, guaranteed by the Constitution and the right to own private
property, are severely eroded by the union.