Unemployment Benefits

The unemployment benefits are premised n a combination of federal and state laws. The Washington state unemployment insurance program is run by the Washington State Employment Security Department. This department holds the responsibility of extending support services to the unemployed segment of the Washington populace. The department does this by providing payments to employees it believes were released from their duties on baseless issues. However, beneficiaries of this scheme are these who did not play a role in creating the fault leading to their dismissal.

Employees who by good cause seek termination of their employment status are also entitled to monetary compensation while looking for alternative work. This program receives its funding from payroll taxes. The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, a federal law, permits the allowance of employees to continue receiving their health insurance benefits at the expense of the employer for up to a period of one and half years after either voluntary or involuntary termination of employment. This however applies if the employer in question has over 20 employees.

Collective bargaining The DOL department also makes deliberate efforts towards helping sort out problems of minority groups such as children, women, the disabled, the elderly, among other groups. The department tracks changes in prices, employment, among other economic measurements with an aim of helping out the workers. Created in1993, the office of the American Workplace is charged with the responsibility of enhancing collective bargaining and employer-employee associations. The office was also tasked with the duty of ensuring tat labor unions are democratically run.

The office works by establishing labor-management linkages which serve to disseminate knowledge regarding high performance working practices and cooperative labor- management associations. Through the conduct of investigative audits, the office uncovers and remedies both civil and criminal investigations with a view to safeguarding the integrity of trade unions in as far as financial matters are concerned. Collective bargaining encompasses negotiations between a group of employees and an employer.

Such negotiations aim to determine the conditions regarding employment conditions. The end results of negotiations of this nature lead to collective agreements. Employees in these cases are often represented either by labor organizations or unions. Collective bargaining is provided for both by federal and state law. In cases of overlap between federal and state law, federal law takes precedence. The auto industry presents an area where collective bargaining has played a huge role. Several known common features have arose from the auto industry organizations.

Such include multi-year contracts which are adjusted to factor in the cost of escalators and putting up an actual annual real wage increment, pensions, supplementary benefits to the unemployed, pattern bargaining and life working programs. The food and service industry is the other example which manifests how collective bargaining as worked in the United States. The industry was characterized by low wages, poor working conditions, and high of health care. The United Food and Commercial Workers engaged in the use of collective activities to achieve changes which reformed the industry.

The steel industry also enjoys a high level of collective bargaining. The organization has a well organized structure which engages the federal government in bargaining for its members’ rights. In the recent past, the USW signed a pact which guaranteed the provision of an improved pay over the following three years. In the same pact, a provision on retirement was also made securing good perks and lowering the cost of health care for employees and their family members. The USW is among the most involved unions in worker issues in the unite states both at the federal and state level.