MGT 434 Week 4 Labor Relations Project


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4 Labor Relations Project

Happy Trails, LLC. is a medium-sized independent living home, a for-profit
facility located in a suburban environment. Due to traffic and road congestion,
this eldercare facility is the most convenient independent living home near the
city. Independent living homes in the city offer many of the same services as
Happy Trails, but are more expensive. The elderly may go to a several hospitals
for acute health care issues.

In a response to the changing economy and
patient access from the suburban areas to the city, Happy Trails has taken some
measures to compete, become more attractive, and build on its long-term care
for patients in the surrounding areas. It has reduced overtime allotments of
its seasoned patient care staff, and has terminated several registered nurses.
As the registered nurses leave Happy Trails, they are replaced by Licensed
Practical Nurses (LPNs), who receive lower compensation and fewer benefits.

The health care facilities in the city are
unionized and are well represented by an experienced union business agent. The
union has recently negotiated superior wages and benefits at the independent
living homes in the city.

In terms of the health care professionals
employed there, Happy Trails is not so happy now because the union representing
the other facilities has received the attention of the Happy Trails LPNs.


Complete a 1,400- to 2,100-word paper that responds to the following questions:

As a Learning Team, you are a group of
individuals who are members of a consulting firm. You are responsible for
representing these LPNs and advising them regarding the following questions:

  • The LPNs have asked for your advice:

    • What would you advise
      the LPNs to do? Should they unionize? What are the advantages and
      disadvantages of unionizing at Happy Trials?

    • What issues might the union
      raise during the organizing effort?

    • What steps must the LPNs
      follow to unionize?

    • What unfair labor
      practices need to be avoided by LPNs?

  • The independent living home management team has
    asked for your advice:

    • What would you advise
      the independent living home management to do? Should they oppose

    • What arguments or
      defenses might the hospital raise to the union’s organizing issues?

    • If the company elects to
      resist unionization, what steps must the company follow?

    • What unfair labor
      practices need to be avoided by management?

  • Happy Trails’ management team may engage in any
    number of activities during the unionization. Which of the following would
    you advise? Explain why or why not?

    • Actively promote LPNs,
      offer bonuses, and place some into leadership and management roles.

    • Tell employees salary
      increases must cease to finance the collective bargaining agreement.

    • Explain current employee
      benefits to the LPNs, comparing them to the union promises.

    • Threaten to close the
      facility due to the union campaign.

    • Assist in the
      circulation of antiunion petitions.

    • Counter union
      exaggerated claims on flyers.

    • Tell employees they do
      not need to talk to union organizers, that they may vote against the
      union, and that the independent living home does not welcome the union.

    • Solicit employees to
      request the return of their authorization cards.

    • Tell employees they may
      be replaced if they vote for the union.

    • Appeal to the employees
      to defeat the union.

Include a description of the specific labor laws that you
included and why.

Discuss your responses to each of the previous questions and
include applicable references.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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