Publication Date

Spring 2007


Labor unions were established in the early twentieth century, and they continue to be a major part of today's business culture. A debate on this topic of unions is generally energetic and emotional, with strong opinions expressed by suppliers and dissenters of the union concept. The focus of this thesis is to review the history and purpose of unions, provide examples of companies' experiences with unions, and to objectively discuss the advantages and disadvantages of organized labor to the employees, the management, and customers of union companies. It is imperative for companies and employees to make a well-informed decision on unions instead of one based on emotion.