LABOR RELATIONS LAWS
Disputes in a unionized workplace
Before you start this assignment, be sure that you have read the background readings for this module.
Read the following scenario:
Jocko and Thomas are both hourly employees working as forklift drivers in a large grocery chain’s central California warehouse. Their workplace is unionized. They work in the same warehouse section under Bert, the second shift supervisor.
Jocko has always found the job difficult, because the job was fast-paced, but repetitive; and even though the forklifts and machines do the heavy lifting and moving, there were situations in which a driver had to deal with slightly misplaced pallets or otherwise use ingenuity and “muscle” to keep things moving smoothly through the shift. Jocko was small in stature and obviously not as physically strong as his co-workers. Thomas made a point of never helping Jocko with these adjustments, even though he helped other drivers when such situations arose. Jocko was gay, and he thought Thomas resented having him there – Thomas never seemed to want to talk with Jocko on breaks, for example.
Jocko thought Thomas was being a bad colleague, especially on those days when Jocko could have really used Thomas’s help. Jocko mentioned to Bert, the supervisor, that he wished Thomas would help him once in a while. After all, he would be willing to help Thomas if he asked. Bert replied that he did not think that was going to happen.
It was not only Thomas who would never help Jocko. All of the other forklift drivers seemed to look the other way when Jocko found himself in a situation where there was “muscle” needed to keep things going.
Recently, the company implemented a new stacking protocol. Soon thereafter, Jocko was not meeting his production numbers on some days. He thought it was because he could not get any help from his colleagues when needed and his supervisor, Bert, did not seem to care.
Bert, his supervisor, did carefully record Jocko’s production numbers to highlight the shifts when he had underperformed. After a while, Jocko started skipping breaks and shortening his lunch break on some days so he could spend a little more time on the forklift and try to meet his production for the shift. No one seemed to care or notice.
As Jocko came to realize that he was going to get a bad performance review if the situation continued, he asked Bert if he could order his co-workers to help him when situations arose where he needed help. Bert said he could not give Jocko any special treatment.
Jocko grew more frustrated, especially by the lack of communication and what he considered to be the stubbornness of his co-workers in refusing to help him when he needed it. He reasoned that he had a family to feed, just as they did, and he had to do something about the unfair treatment he was receiving.
Jocko told Bert that he was going to tell the union that he wanted to file a grievance, because he thought the way he was being treated was not right.
Bert told Jocko that he’d never known a grievance to work out for the person who filed it, but Jocko should do what he thought he needed to do.
Jocko felt very upset about what he perceived as Bert’s indifference. He filed a formal grievance with the union about the situation.
Prepare a 3-page (not counting title and reference pages) paper that addresses the following:
- What do you think will happen next? Why?
- Discuss the important steps in a grievance process that might take place to resolve this issue if Jocko files a grievance.
Discuss a plan of action to resolve an employee conflict in a unionized workplace.
- If you were the HR manager in this warehouse, what would you do to get to the root of the issue? Why?
Use Four Online Library sources plus any applicable background readings to help strengthen your discussion.
SLP Assignment Expectations
- 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 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