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The Advantages of Labor Relations to an Organization

In a recent article on, Bridgette Redman addresses the pernicious myth that a unionized workforce is detrimental to the success of businesses. Research shows that unions have a positive effect on both businesses and workers. The data show that unions contribute to lower turnover costs, higher employee productivity, increased product and service quality, and greater workplace health and safety for businesses. Redman writes:

"Many managers shudder when they think of unions organizing in their businesses and adopt an antagonistic approach to any existing labor organizations. However, organizations can reap several benefits from the presence of a labor union. When management and labor work together toward the same goals -- that of a profitable business with a high-quality product -- there need not be a constantly adversarial relationship. Strong labor relations can make a business more successful in the long run."