Option #1: Improving Union-Management Collaboration

The changing nature of work has caused companies and unions to evaluate their philosophies about how they interact with one another. Adversarial relationships between companies and unions are being reshaped by economic forces that make it necessary to improve collaboration in order to achieve mutual success. The need to transform organizations through employee involvement, technology, flexibility in work processes, and high-performance work organizations are driving companies and unions toward new ways of collaborating and negotiating to reach mutual goals that benefit all parties.

Given this background, choose an actual organization or company that is unionized with a well-known union, and conduct an analysis that addresses the following:

Select a large company that is unionized with a well-known union, preferably one that has a solid reputation for strong collaboration with the union. Provide a brief summary of the company and the union that you have selected.
Analyze the collaborative nature of the relationship between the company and the union in four areas: (1) mutual goals, (2) communication practices, (3) workplace processes, and (4) employee engagement.
Evaluate one major benefit and one major challenge that influences the nature of their collaborative relationship.
Finally, as an HR professional, develop two recommendations where the HR team can facilitate improvements to collaborative efforts between the company and the union.
Requirements:

Write a 5-7 page paper, or about 1500-2100 words, not including the required title and reference pages.
Your paper must be properly cited and formatted according to CSU Global Writing Center. (Links to an external site.)
This is an individual paper; however, you should reflect on our discussion forums and incorporate ideas from there, as appropriate.
You must support your analysis with at least four to six scholarly references, which can include resources from this course. The CSU Global Library (Links to an external site.) is a good place to find sources as well. You cannot use Wikipedia or any CSU Global assignment. If you wish to use more sources, you must use credible sources. For this assignment, a credible source is defined as:
a scholarly or peer-reviewed journal article,
a government-based website or publication, or
a trade or industry journal article, publication, or website, including those from trade organizations such as SHRM.org and TD.org.