Labor Laws, Unionization, and the Workplace

A good place to start familiarizing yourself with legal issues involving unions in the workplace is by looking over the National Labor Relations Board website at

Be sure you are familiar with the following laws and their amendments:
Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act

National Labor Relations Act

Labor Management Relations Act or Taft-Hartley Act (amended the NLRA).


After you have reviewed the above laws, read the following articles concerning labor unrest at American Airlines.

American Air pilots’ union: No strike unless it is legal. (2012, August 30). Retrieved August 31, 2012, from

DeMaura, S. (2012, August 13). Not just public unions: Private sector unions hurting business. Retrieved August 31, 2012, from Not Just Public Unions: Private Sector Unions Hurting Business

Saporito, B. (2012, October 8). The worst job in America. Time, 180(15),
1. Retrieved from Business Source Complete.

Give a brief summary of the current state of union relations in the airlines industry in the United States.

Then answer the following in a well-organized 4 page paper:

• If DeMaura is correct in his editorial, why would the American Airlines’ Allied Pilots Association (APA) risk the future of American Airlines with their union demands?

• Using additional research about unionization in the U.S. airline industry in general and American Airlines in particular, update where we are currently with American’s situation. How do the recent updates that you have found affect American Airlines employees? Are other U.S. airlines also in jeopardy because of labor demands?

• In your educated opinion (supported by your research) are changes needed in labor laws in the United States to help stop unions from hurting business?

Use at least 5 Trident Online Library sources plus any applicable background readings to help strengthen your discussion.

The paper should be 4 pages, not counting cover and reference pages.

Assignment Expectations

Your paper will be evaluated using the criteria as stated in the Case rubric. The following is a review of the rubric criteria:

• Assignment-Driven: Does the paper fully address all aspects of the assignment? Is the assignment addressed accurately and precisely using sound logic? Does the paper meet minimum length requirements?

• Critical Thinking: Does the paper demonstrate graduate-level analysis, in which information derived from multiple sources, expert opinions, and assumptions has been critically evaluated and synthesized in the formulation of a logical set of conclusions? Does the paper address the topic with sufficient depth of discussion and analysis?

• Business Writing: Is the essay logical, well organized, and well written? Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary appropriate for graduate-level work? Are section headings included? Are paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding, or is justification/support instead conveyed through excessive use of direct quotations?

• Effective Use of Information: Does the submission demonstrate that the student has read, understood, and can apply the background materials for the module? If required, has the student demonstrated effective research, as evidenced by student’s use of relevant and quality (library?) sources? Do additional sources used provide strong support for conclusions drawn, and do they help in shaping the overall paper?

• Citing Sources: Does the student demonstrate understanding of APA Style of referencing by inclusion of proper citations (for paraphrased text and direct quotations) as appropriate? Have all sources (e.g., references used from the Background page, the assignment readings, and outside research) been included, and are these properly cited? Have all sources cited in the paper been included on the References page?

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