As an HR manager in a unionized hospital or other health care organization, it has come to your attention that the collective bargaining process can be used as a focal point for the formation of policies and practices that will improve the organization’s employee-centered philosophy and, therefore, assist in the implementation and humanistic enforcement of key provisions of the National Labor Relations Act and the Civil Rights Act.
Complete the following parts of this assessment based upon your research and understanding of methods of addressing the scenario described above.
Part 1: Problem Description and Analysis
Complete the following:
Explain and suggest ways that collective bargaining and legal mandates can advance the strategy of improving working conditions and environmental ambience in a health care organization.
Explain how the collective bargaining process can be used to develop organizational policies and practices.
Include some of the obstacles inherent in the collective bargaining process that might hinder effective development of policies and practices.
Explain how the National Labor Relations Act provisions related to protected activities of employees can be used to foster improvements in workplace conditions.
Explain how the Civil Rights Act provisions related to discrimination based on gender can be employed to foster improvements in a safe and secure work environment.
Part 2: Recommendation: Action Plan
Recommend an employee-centered plan of action that will address improvements in discriminatory practices by:
Reducing workplace sexual harassment.
Fostering improvements in collaborative working arrangements.
Encouraging open and clear communication among staff and management.
Developing and maintaining a secure work environment.
The audience for this action plan is senior management and workplace union leadership. Base your recommendation on the following expansion of the scenario:
It has been determined that employee satisfaction and morale is due primarily to discriminatory practices and lack of clearly delineated policies that foster harmony in the workforce and provide a safe and secure working environment.
Part 3: External Stakeholder Considerations Once you have senior leadership on board, you must also consider options for reformatting the action plan for external stakeholders, such as union leadership, regulatory boards, community members, et cetera.
Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining