Running Head: CURRENT HR TRENDS August 1, 2011 HRM/552 Abstract The current HR trends will be analyzed to determine the impact on labor unions as a result of outsourcing. The trends in union membership, the growth in union membership, the process for organizing a labor union to enter a nonunion company, the impact the current legal environment has on labor unions and companies, the labor movement and the affect of outsourcing, the services HR is outsourcing will be evaluated and the effect HR outsourcing has on organized labor in companies will also be evaluated. Current HR Trends
Organized labor has lost many jobs to the practice of outsourcing. A large percentage of these jobs are the manufacturing positions that helped fuel the labor movement and build a middle-class in America (Money). In response to outsourcing, the current HR trends will be analyzed to determine the impact on labor unions. The trends in union membership will be evaluated. The growth in union membership will be examined. The process for organizing a labor union to enter a nonunion company will be reviewed. The impact the current legal environment has on labor unions and companies will be discussed.
The labor movement and the affect of outsourcing will be presented. The services HR is outsourcing will be evaluated. The effect HR outsourcing has on organized labor in companies will also be reviewed with regard to labor unions. Current Trends in Union Membership- Linda Current Growth in Union Membership- Linda Organizing Process for a Labor Union- Ash-Leah Current Legal Environment- Ash-Leah Affecting Outsourcing in the Labor Movement- Michelle Labors decline in power is caused primarily by outsourcing. Labor groups are upset about job losses, and say U. S. ompanies are hiring workers in foreign countries in part because employment laws are often looser abroad. According to Armour (2004), employees working in foreign countries for U. S. Companies are generally not covered by U. S. employment laws. Instead, the workers are covered by employments laws in their own countries that are not as strict. The threat of outsourcing makes it increasingly difficult for unions to organize workers. Two million jobs in the more heavily unionized manufacturing jobs have been lost to China. Outsourcing causes unions to not only lose members, but makes it tougher for unions to organize new members.
In 57% of all union drives, employers threaten to move factories if workers unionize, a threat that is very real (Elk, 2010). Corporations have done more to hurt labor than labor has done to hurt itself. The most obvious threat that comes from outsourcing is the diminishing of jobs overall by transferring jobs from the U. S. to overseas. HR Outsourcing Services- Michelle HR outsourcing services reduce cost and free up time for managers of all types of businesses across the U. S. HR outsourcing services can be customized to the company based on the type of workforce and specific needs of the business.
Some of the HR outsourcing services include (a) human resources – hr forms setup and compliance, employee orientations and new hire paperwork, (b) payroll services – payroll processing, tax payments and government compliance, (c) employee benefits – benefits administration and invoice reconciliation, (d) workers compensation – workers comp policy setup and safety programs, OSHA compliance and advice, (e) hr training – management training, safety training, conflict resolution, strategy sessions for growth and, (f) timekeeping solutions – time & attendance products and administration, online access to data (CBR, 2011).
Some of the benefits companies will notice included gaining control, saving time, reducing costs, improving focus of staff and to relieve some of the added responsibilities of employment laws and relations. Effects on HR Outsourcing HR outsourcing does not have an effect on organized labor in companies. HR outsourcing facilitates HR management and promotes compliance with labor regulations. Outsourcing human resources lowers overhead costs and helps companies be more competitive in the United States and overseas.
HR outsourcing specialists offer labor relations services such as investigations, negotiations, collective bargaining, representation before labor relations boards, and dispute resolution. HR outsourcing specialists also offer a low-cost and efficient means of handling the complexities of labor relations. Conclusion- Lilly Reference Armour, S. (2004). Outsourcing Critics Sight Labor Laws in Other Nations. Retrieved on July 29, 2011 from http://www. usatoday. com/money/world/2004-03-22-labor_x. htm CBR. (2011). Complete HR Outsourcing Services.
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