Discussion – Laws: What was the intent or purpose of Congress in passing the following:
1. the 1932 Norris-LaGuardia Act
2. the 1935 National Labor Relations Act (Wagner)
3. the 1947 Labor Management Relations Act (Taft-Hartley)
Second topic: Ethical & Legal Considerations in Collective Bargaining: Read the quote from Lee Iacocca on page 294 (I have attached it). Given our current (and future) local economy in SWLA, what are some of the factors that local companies and unions need to consider when participating in the collective bargaining process? I recommend you research some of the recent negotiations (Shell, W.R. Grace, Citgo, etc.) and review the terms. Keep in mind that Sasol consists of both union and non-union groups. How does this impact the collective bargaining power of other companies and unions?
Third topic: Arbitrations: Two employees were terminated from a plant for falsifying readings when making daily rounds. The union grieved both cases, and both cases went to arbitration (separately, with two different arbitrators). The union’s position was that the terminations were too harsh. The company’s position was that falsifying readings were a clear violation of company policy and procedure and that the terminations were justified.