Unions Versus Human Resources

Unions Versus Human Resources Assignment:

Review the following resources in preparation for this assignment.


Human Resource Management
Human Resources Has a New Role
Is a Union Necessary in This Company?
Human Resource Administration
Union Voices – Young Workers’ Voices
History of Workplace Health and Safety, dating back to the 1920s
Read Workplace Health and Safety History as well. From the 1930s to WWII
History of Workplace Health and Safety from WWII to OSHA

Human resource management (HRM), according to Beer et al (1984), has evolved as a means of serving workers’ interests, albeit internally within the workplace. This calls into question the role of worker advocacy. Workers’ interests have historically been served by external representatives from labor unions, as well as protected through government interventions such as laws and regulations. The goal of this assignment is to examine whether workers have adequate support and protections in the modern workplace, as well as to understand the roles of unions and HRM.

Assignment of Human Resources vs. Unions

After reading the Week 1 and Week 2 text chapters and reviewing the resources provided:

Explain how labor unions, human resource management personnel, and government interventions (such as laws and regulations) help to protect worker rights and safety.
Also, consider whether unions and HRM play distinct roles for different groups (e.g., the organization, management, and workers) or if there is overlap.

Consider the following statement: “Workers in modern American workplaces are well protected and well supported.” Furthermore, explain whether you agree or disagree with this statement based on what you now know about government interventions, unions, human resource management, and worker advocacy. Make sure to back up your agreement or disagreement with reasoning from your analysis.

Paper Prerequisites

The paper must be four to five double-spaced pages long (excluding the title and reference pages) and formatted in APA format. Similarly, you must support your claims with at least three scholarly sources (found in the Ashford University Library) other than the textbook. Cite your sources in the text as well as on the reference page. Visit the Ashford Writing Center in your online course’s Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar for information on APA samples and tutorials. It would be especially beneficial for you to review Citing Within Your Paper and Formatting Your References List. Furthermore, go over the APA Essay Checklist for Students to ensure you have everything you need for this assignment.

Beer et al. (1984), Managing Human Assets. New York, NY: The Free Press.

Examine the Grading Rubric carefully for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Submission of Waypoint Assignment

This course’s assignments will be submitted to Waypoint. Please follow the instructions below to turn in your assignment.

Click the Assignment Submission button to the right. The “Student Dashboard” Waypoint will open in a new browser window.

Search for your assignment.

Click the Upload button.

Finally, check the appropriate week’s assignment tab in Waypoint to ensure that you successfully submitted your assignment.

Refer to the Waypoint Tutorial for more information.


Questions for Discussion (DQ)

Initial responses to the DQ should be at least 250 words long and address all aspects of the questions posed, including a minimum of one scholarly source.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., they add something new to the discussion, they engage others in the discussion, they have a well-developed idea), and they include at least one scholarly source.
Responses of one or two sentences, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and off-topic responses will not be considered substantive. Substantive responses must be at least 150 words in length.
I encourage you to incorporate the week’s readings (if applicable) into your responses.

Participation every week

Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ are graded separately and do not count toward participation.
Along with the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
A scholarly source/citation is not required for participation posts (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments is part of your weekly participation. These announcements are made to ensure that you are aware of everything that is due this week.

The APA Format and the Writing Quality

Learn how to use APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for the majority of your degree’s writing assignments. For APA paper templates, citation examples, and tips, go to the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, which can be found under the Resources tab in LoudCloud. Points will be deducted if the APA format is not used correctly or if the APA format is not used at all (if required).
Cite all information sources! Cite the source whenever possible. A citation is also required when paraphrasing.
I strongly advise you to use the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.

Utilization of Direct Quotes

At the Masters’ level, I discourage the use of direct quotes in DQs and assignments and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters students, you must be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other sources. Simply repeating someone else’s words does not demonstrate comprehension or critical analysis of the content.
It is preferable to paraphrase and cite your sources.

Policy LopesWrite

Please make sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me for assignments that must be submitted to LopesWrite.
Please review your report once you have received it. This report will highlight grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that are simple to correct. Instead of being counted off for these errors, spend a few extra minutes reviewing.
Examine your similarities. Did you forget to include a citation? Did you not paraphrase correctly? Is your paper dominated by someone else’s ideas rather than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, which can be found under the Resources tab in LoudCloud, for advice on how to improve your paper and SI score.

Policy on Arrival Late

The university’s late assignment policy is a 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also holds true for late DQ responses.
If you anticipate having to submit an assignment late, please contact me. With advance notice, I am happy to be flexible. Due to extenuating circumstances, we may be able to work out an extension.
If you do not contact me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will apply.
Unless we have worked out an extension, I will not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late.
No assignments are accepted after the last day of class, per policy. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the final day of class will not be graded.


The importance of communication cannot be overstated. You can contact me in a variety of ways, including:
Questions to the Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask questions about course content or assignments. If you have a question, chances are that one of your colleagues does as well. This is the class’s public forum.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum where you can ask me questions or leave messages for me. At least once every 24 hours, this will be checked.

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