Explain how unions, human resources management personnel, and government interventions (such as laws and regulations) serve to address worker rights and worker safety.
Please read these assignment instructions before writing your paper, and re-read them often during and after the writing process to make sure that you are fulfilling all of the instructions. Please also utilize the assignment guidancebelow, resources document and the template provided.
In preparation for this assignment, review the following resources:
Managing Human Resources – https://hbr.org/1981/09/managing-human-resources
A New Mandate for Human Resources – https://hbr.org/1998/01/a-new-mandate-for-human-resources
Does This Company Need a Union? – https://hbr.org/1998/05/does-this-company-need-a-union
Human Resources Management – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZLbSk1Te68&feature=youtu.be
Voices of Union – Voices of Young Workers – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTfjsKNOc2o&feature=youtu.be
Workplace Health and Safety History, to the 1920s – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIVwj1FHOP4
Workplace Health and Safety History 1930s to WWII – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_WUt90rN2Q&feature=youtu.be
Workplace Healthy and Safety History WWII to OSHA – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc-ivXUp6ns&feature=youtu.be
According to Beer et al (1984), human resources management (HRM) has developed as a way to serve workers’ interests, albeit internally within the workplace. This challenges the role of worker advocacy. Historically, workers’ interests have been served by external representatives from labor unions, and have also been protected through government interventions such as laws and regulations. The purpose of this assignment is to understand the roles of unions and the role of HRM, and examine whether workers have adequate support and protections in the modern workplace. After reading the text chapters for Week One and Week Two and reviewing the resources provided:
- Explain how unions, human resources management personnel, and government interventions (such as laws and regulations) serve to address worker rights and worker safety.
- Evaluate whether unions and HRM have unique roles for different groups (i.e., the organization, management, and the workers) or if there are areas of overlap.
- Assess the following statement, “Workers in the modern workplaces of America are well protected and well supported.” Explain whether you agree or disagree with this statement, based on what you now know about government interventions, unions, HRM, and worker advocacy. Be sure to support your agreement or disagreement with statements of reasoning from your analysis.
The paper must be four double-spaced pages in length (excluding the title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least three scholarly sources (which can be found in the Ashford University Library) other than the textbook to support your claims. Cite your sources in text and on the reference page.
Reference: Beer et al (1984) Managing Human Assets. The Free Press: New York, NY.