Effects of Unions

Effects of Unions

This assignment deals with the auto industry, specifically GM, Ford, and Chrysler, as well as their overseas competitors. You are to prepare a short paper, two to three pages in length, not including the cover page or reference page. Answer the following questions.

Discuss the effects of unions on auto prices for GM, Ford, and Chrysler.

Contrast the auto prices of Toyota, Nissan, and Hyundai.

What are some of the issues that the American automakers face in competing with their overseas competitors?

Can union automakers compete with others? If so, how?

What long-term strategies may need to be implemented to create a level playing field?

Can union leadership help? If so, how?


The purpose of the Pool Paper is to allow students to select from five different scenarios in labor relations. Students are asked to select one scenario and develop it into a two- to three-page paper. This exercise allows students the opportunity to apply concepts covered in class to real-world situations.


Appropriate citations are required.
All DeVry University policies are in effect, including the plagiarism policy.
Papers are due during Week 5 of this course.
Any questions about this paper may be discussed in the weekly Q & A Forum topic.
This paper is worth 100 total points and will be graded on quality of content, editing, and documentation.

Example of Pool Paper Topic

This assignment deals with employee involvement activities. You are to prepare a short paper, two to three pages in length, not including the coverage page or reference page. Answer the following questions.

Discuss why employee involvement activities are being implemented in both unionized and union-free organizations. What is the rationale for these activities?
What are the objectives of employee involvement activities?
What are some of the problems of implementing employee involvement activities?
Why are unions, in some instances, skeptical of these efforts?
What can be done to strengthen and improve employee involvement activities?

Paper Topics

In your paper, you are to indicate what factors should be examined and why they should be considered. You are not to make any recommendations. You are to present all of the critical factors that the top executives should examine in making their decision. Please choose from one of the follow five topics for your Pool Paper. See Doc Sharing for topic details.

Collective Bargaining Agreement
Plant Closings
Pay for Time Not Worked
Right to Work
Effects of Unions

Grading Rubrics

Content (80%) Points

The background component provides any necessary historical information, assumptions used in the paper, and any other information the reader might need to better understand the forthcoming elements of the paper. 15

Scope and depth of critical analysis—literature review: You should research on the Internet and in other sources to provide support for your opinions and assertions. The literature might exist in your organization. 65

Total 80

Editing (10%) Points Deduction (Per Occurrence)

Spelling error -2

Punctuation or grammatical error -1

Sentence meaning unclear -2

Misstatement of fact -5

Total (Not to Exceed) 10

Documentation—Incorrectly Cited or Missing (10%) Note: All must appear in approved format. Points Deduction (Per Occurrence)

Title page -2

Abstract -1

Citations in text -2

References -5

Total (Not to Exceed) 10

Category Totals Possible Points / %

Content 80 / 80%

Editing 10 / 10%

Documentation and formatting 10 / 10%

Total 100 / 100%
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