Based on your reading of the case studies, how much power or influence do the labor and management sides have over workplace rules and organization? Refer to specific examples from the cases. Use the questions at the end of each case study to help organize your answer.

Case study 5.2 – “Are Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, and Proctors Employees Under the NLRB”

1. Why would a labor union want to organize and represent TA’s, RA’s, and proctors?
2. Why would TA’s, RA’s, and proctors want union representation?
3. What rights would TA’s, RA’s and proctors have if the NLRB rules they are “employees” under the NLRA?
4. Which group(s) if any, would be “employees” under the NLRA and, thereby be allowed to form a union?

Case Study 6.3 – “Unilateral Work Rule Changes”

1. What is the purpose of a zipper clause?
2. Which, if any, of the two new rules involve a mandatory subject of bargaining? Explain your reasoning?
3. Did management’s unilateral implementation of the two new work rules without providing the union with prior notice or an opportunity to bargain constitute a violation of the duty to bargain in good faith under the LMRA, as amended? If so, what should be the appropriate remedy?
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