Unions and HRM Functions in the Workplace


Unionsand HRM Functions in the Workplace


Unionshave remained relevant in the United States for a remarkably longtime however, they are losing the relevance in America today. Theywere relevant in the past since they helped in fighting for therights of employees such as fighting for the right pay amid theemployees and fighting for overtime pay. Nevertheless, theirrelevance is fading because of the introduction of different laws inthe United States that cater for the welfare of workers (Chaison,2006).

Unionsare fair to employees because they help employees in getting the bestfrom their employers. For instance, through the unions, it ispossible for employees to obtain a pay hike. This is the reason whyunion employees are likely to get a higher remuneration compared tonon-union employees (Murillo,2001). Unions act as the voice of employees in making theirgrievances known and resolved. Besides, unions are somehow fair toemployers because they help employees in becoming satisfied, which isa critical aspect to employers since once they become satisfied,they maximize their production (Eltiset al, 2009). This is beneficial to employers since they can maximizetheir production through making employees satisfied. On the otherhand, unions are not fair to taxpayers because they lead to taxpayerspaying more taxes. Unions make taxpayers earn more income, but thesehigh incomes are taxed more.

Thereare different changes of HRM functions, which have made unionsirrelevant. One of the changes in the functions of the HRM entailsmaking and adopting policies that cater for the welfare of theemployees. Besides, the HRM have also taken the role of involvingemployees in decision making, which has helped in creating laws thatconsider the voice of employees (Eltiset al, 2009). This eliminates the need of unions.


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