Union Representation Memo

Assignment 2: Union Representation Memo (Paper/Memo)

3-4 pages, not including cover or References pages


You have recently joined an organization in an entry level HR position. The organization is now subject to union representation. You have been asked by your supervisor to write a brief memo for your HR colleagues that provides an overview of the expectations for managing human resources in a unionized environment. Your memo must address the following:


a. The differences, from the organization’s perspective, in operating in a union-free environment versus a unionized environment

b. The rights of the union, management, and employees

c. The impacts of the union on human resource functions, including

Work restructuring

Performance Management

Employee Discipline and Job Security

Wages and Benefits

Health and Safety

d. Any costs the organization may expect based upon these impacts

Use headings to separate the sections of the paper, double-space, and Times New Roman font, cover page, page numbers, and APA format.


Support your answers! In responding, you must use five references including three from the course materials. They should be from a scholarly journal or credible news source from within the past three years. At least three should be from course materials.

Assignment 3: Response to Union Organizing Campaign (Paper)


You are the Employee Relations Specialist for a national retail company with locations across the United States. The nearly 500 company employees are diverse in terms of age and demographic differences. Your primary work location is Southeast Pennsylvania. Recently, the employees in the mid-Atlantic region, managed by Kristopher Kolumbus, have expressed dissatisfaction with the work environment. There are approximately 125 employees in the mid-Atlantic region. Their specific concerns include receiving small pay raises for the past 2 – 3 years, limited employee benefits, lack of career mobility and progression, and heightened security controls implemented due to theft concerns. There has been recent talk among the employees about the possibility of unionization, and some workers have begun exploring options such as United Food & Commercial Workers International Union and the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union. Before either of these unions will send an organizer to the organization, it wants to be sure that sufficient employees will back union representation. Some employees have started company-wide communication to increase interest in unionization.


As the Employee Relations Specialist, it is your responsibility to ensure that supervisors and managers follow the rules regarding a union organizing campaign. In response to this potential campaign, you decide to take some initial actions and prepare several documents to share with your boss, the Director of Human Resources:


A summary email to the Director of Human Resources describing the issues and what actions you are taking (which include the below items)

A one-page memo to all managers and supervisors indicating what they can and cannot do during any union organizing effort.

An email to your human resource colleagues about actions the HR team should consider in response to some of the concerns raised by the Mid-Atlantic Region employees

An outline for a meeting to be held between Human Resources and the organization’s leadership team regarding the organizing effort

Requirements include:


Cover Page with Name, Date, and Title of Assignment

Each of the 4 items indicated above (summary email, one-page memo, email to your human resource colleagues, and outline for a meeting)

Headings to separate the sections of the paper

A minimum of three sources (two must be from the course materials) for each response

In-text citations in APA style

Reference page using APA style


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