Unions in the US are recording an increase in the number of members. They ensure that the workers rights are recognized and help in the formation of labor laws. In this paper, we state the role of unions and the part they play in the US. They are legally recognized as representatives of workers in industries, public sectors like teachers and police. They were developed in the 19th century and their main aim was to ensure that the workers are paid well and have good working conditions. Unions are known to play a role in politics through mobilization of its members and form coalitions with activist organizations.
They could be trade unions, labor unions or credit unions (Fernie 2005). Role of unions in the US In the US, the unions are on the increase mainly because they provide benefit to workers by fighting for better pay and good working conditions especially in industries where the workers need protective clothing while dealing with machinery and chemicals. The unions fight for the formation of labor laws that guarantee and safeguard the rights of workers into the future. An employee should have pay that will be able to sustain him well and guaranteed with insurance cover in cases of injury or health risk.
The unions also provide workers with a platform to promote their interest in a democratic society and ensure their grievances are heard. Union members enjoy compensation and are written in contract form. Unions ensure there is equality, promotions and increments are openly declared. Unions provide consistency and the company cannot change its expectations without workers knowledge. There is employee representation and negotiations are honored like abolishing forced labor and elimination of child labor (Fernie 2005). Role of HRM in unions
The human resource management (HRM) plays an important role in unions and organizations. It involves personnel administration and man power management. The HRM use the unions in the promotion of workers by discussing with union leaders who already have list of interested candidates for various positions. They also discuss with unions the terms and conditions of the workers and act as mediators incases where there are strikes or go slows the HRM ensures there is no discrimination in employment by work hand in hand to ensure better working environment for the employees.
HRM plays as the top adviser to the management and is involved with human resource related decision making like the training and development of workers. The HRM is involved with job evaluation, and determines wage and salary administration of the workers. He paves way for insurance of the employees and creates health and safety measures in the organizations to reduce faculties (Fernie 2005). Role of government The role of the government is to ensure the unions follow the laws and do not cause incitement to workers. The US government assists unions to make the laws and their own constitution that puts the interest of the worker at heart.
It collaborates to ensure proper provision of health care and insurance are adhered to. The government collects lots of revenue from the workers and the state works together with the unions in salary increments and the provision of social amenities like hospitals and schools are provided. Majority of the workers in the US are in unions and are seen as a wide group which is important in the political growth of the country. The government approves for laws that will fit the common working citizen and abolish forced labor and poor pay (Fernie 2005).
Unions are seen as representatives of the workers. They ensure better working conditions, equality, consistency and good benefits for workers. The Unions have been increasing in number in the US. In recent years, the number of employees in the unions has also risen rapidly. After the recession it is claimed that the number of those who joined unions was 18% in one year this means when they are in unions there is protection policy and no discrimination.
Fernie, Sue. (2005). Trade unions: resurgence or demise. New York: Baldwin.