Solution for Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining: Private and Public Sectors 10th Edition Chapter 7, Problem 1

by Michael R. Carrell, Christina Heavrin, J.D.
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Chapter 7, Problem Case_7.1 1 : Case 7.1: Wages: Extra Compensation ...

Case 7.1: Wages: Extra Compensation

  1. Explain why you agree or disagree with the court’s ruling that it did not commit an unfair labor practice by requiring unit drivers to continue to perform dispatch and telephone duties after managers were hired at the suburban center locations.


Step-By-Step Solution

1 Agree: The company acted consistently with the contract when it asked the union drivers to take on additional duties that were not a reasonable part of their job, that is supervisory duties, and paid them accordingly. When managers were hired, there was no reason for the extra money to continue as long as they were performing the tasks of drivers. The two additional tasks that are the source of this dispute, dispatch and telephone duties, are reasonably a part of their job as drivers. The fact that the employer wanted to continue to pay those drivers additional money in appreciation for their help is voluntary and does not indicate that the duties were over and above their job title.

Disagree: The employer’s decision to unilaterally continue to pay some union members for performing “additional duties” it now considers part of their regular duties and not pay others not only violates an “equal pay” concept but also undermines the collective bargaining process and should not be allowed.


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